escort

noun
es·​cort | \ˈe-ˌskȯrt \

Definition of escort 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or as a courtesy

(2) : a man who goes with a woman to a social event

(3) : a woman or a man who is hired to go with someone to a social event often used before another noun an escort service/agency

b : a protective screen of warships or fighter planes or a single ship or plane used to fend off enemy attack from one or more vulnerable craft

2 : accompaniment by a person or an armed protector (such as a ship)

escort

verb
es·​cort | \i-ˈskȯrt, e-, ˈe-ˌskȯrt \
escorted; escorting; escorts

Definition of escort (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to accompany as an escort

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Examples of escort in a Sentence

Noun

Visitors are not allowed to enter the building without an escort. The bombers were protected by a fighter escort. Everyone was surprised when she arrived at the party without an escort.

Verb

Several fighters escorted the bombers back to base. a student from the college escorted my parents and me on our tour of the campus
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After about 30 minutes of marching at the Westin’s entrance, the demonstration headed west on E Street, turned south on Front Street and continued with a police escort five blocks to the Marriott Marquis on Harbor Drive. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hotel workers march for better pay," 27 June 2018 Nothing that Wilkins claims in the suit contains anything near what was alleged by the Washington Redskins cheerleaders, some of whom said they were essentially used as pseudo escorts for clients of the team on a calendar photo shoot. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Jerry, you're going to have to pay for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders," 19 June 2018 If given the chance to get a police escort, jump on it. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "7 secret, less-stressful ways to avoid Indianapolis 500 traffic," 21 May 2018 That night, about nine of the women were also asked to go out to a nightclub and be personal escorts for some of the male sponsors, the Times reported. NBC News, "Ex-Washington Redskins cheerleaders defend team, deny 'pimping' situation during Costa Rica trip," 4 May 2018 The Marine Corps is now arming its Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with a range of weapons to enable its assault support and escort missions in increasingly high-threat combat environments. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marine Corps arms Osprey with rockets and missiles - adds assault missions," 6 July 2018 Hiring an escort is another possibility, as is making special arrangements with staff at certain camps — both at a pretty hefty price. Kay Manning, chicagotribune.com, "Considering having a child fly solo? Here's what to know," 29 June 2018 Technically, debutantes choose an escort who is not their beau. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "A bumper crop of 27 debutantes make SF debut," 25 June 2018 Any venture outside the confines of her fortified apartment in the Carabinieri barracks required an armed escort. Jackson Holahan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Good Mothers' profiles the female prosecutor who took on Italy's mafia," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

She was escorted by her father-in-law Prince Charles, who advised the couple on their wedding music. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Chose Meghan Markle's Procession Song for the Royal Wedding," 26 Oct. 2018 Strzok's lawyer said he was escorted from the FBI building last month as the disciplinary process proceeds. Author: Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe," 13 July 2018 Strzok’s lawyer has said he was escorted from the FBI building last month as the disciplinary process winds its way through the system. Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Another victory notch in Putin’s belt’: Embattled FBI agent criticizes GOP at hearing," 12 July 2018 The disgraced movie mogul, who wore a dark suit and handcuffs as he was escorted into a Manhattan courtroom, has been free on $1-million bail since May. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to new charges; judge lets him stay free," 9 July 2018 Najib, wearing a suit and a red tie, appeared calm and smiled as he was escorted into the court complex packed with reporters. NBC News, "Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak charged after multibillion dollar graft scandal," 4 July 2018 As he was escorted out, Griffin tried to return to the store, but the loss prevention officer stopped him. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "He was escorted out for peeing in a bottle at an Illinois mall when shots were fired, cops say," 14 June 2018 Most of the injured students had gunshot wounds, according to church officials, who negotiated an end to the siege and escorted the survivors from the building. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 Divers led each boy out, one by one, with two divers escorting each. Anna Werner, CBS News, "New video of Thai cave rescue shows just how close divers came to disaster," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'escort.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of escort

Noun

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for escort

Noun

Middle French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigere, from Latin ex- + corrigere to make straight, correct — more at correct

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More Definitions for escort

escort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of escort

: to go with (someone or something) to give protection or guidance

escort

noun
es·​cort | \ˈe-ˌskȯrt \

Kids Definition of escort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person or group that accompanies someone to give protection or show courtesy a police escort

2 : the man who goes with a woman to a social event

escort

verb
es·​cort | \i-ˈskȯrt \
escorted; escorting

Kids Definition of escort (Entry 2 of 2)

: to accompany someone to protect or show courtesy

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