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

Cordon accused McCoy last year of cheating on her with an escort. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "NFL star LeSean 'Shady' McCoy accused of beating girlfriend, son and using drugs," 10 July 2018 Local media reports have shown fuel cargoes arriving with police escorts at gas stations in some municipalities in northeastern Brazil. Fabiana Batista, Bloomberg.com, "Brazil Working Around Strike But Fuel, Food Is Still Scarce," 26 May 2018 The ride, with police escort, starts at 6:30 p.m. at a memorial bench placed at Waterfront Park in Nickell’s honor. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ride of Silence in Clermont pays tribute to bicyclists killed or injured on the roads," 16 May 2018 Their police escorts inched along as the band trudged down the side of the road known as the Blues Highway. CBS News, "Teens begin 50-mile march to Memphis in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.," 1 Apr. 2018 A few minutes later Romeo met with the media and then had his own armed escort — a sheriff’s deputy on one side, a member of the Indiana State Patrol on the other — help him to the parking lot. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: The Romeo Langford Show is coming to a close soon, and everyone wants a seat," 10 Mar. 2018 Two students were killed and at least 10 were injured before top Catholic clergy were able to negotiate their release on Saturday morning and escort the surviving students across police lines. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 There, the line was drawn when certain officials requested police escorts for shopping excursions. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "For FIFA Executives, World Cup Perks Survive a Scandal," 13 July 2018 Though the escort rumor was the talk of the night, Jacobs and Dennis quickly turned their attention to each other in yet another verbal brawl. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Thomas Ravenel's Girlfriend Ashley Accused of Being an Escort: 'I Believe It,' Says Kathryn Dennis," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 16-year-old told a supervisor, who escorted Jones away from the concession stand. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Food worker at Kauffman Stadium charged with sexual abuse of teenage colleague," 11 July 2018 Morris, who escorted Robar on many Disney visits, has a thick pile of pictures at his home of Robar with costumed Disney characters — Cinderella, Snow White, Mickey and others. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Plainville Says Goodbye To JoJo," 13 June 2018 Correction: May 25, 2018 An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of a detective who escorted Harvey Weinstein into the courtroom. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Arrested on Rape Charges, Weinstein Posts $1 Million Bail," 25 May 2018 Markle was met midway down the aisle by Prince Charles, who escorted her in father Thomas Markle's absence. USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 20 May 2018 Prince Charles, who escorted his new daughter-in-law part of the way down the aisle on Saturday, also reportedly gave a nice speech at the afternoon reception. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Receptions," 20 May 2018 According to the actor, the driver who escorted Hartley had to make a pit stop midway through the parade — jumping out of the car to run to a nearby port-o-let. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'This is Us' actor dishes on the Pegasus Parade live on Jimmy Fallon," 17 May 2018 In Honolulu, guests coming from the U.S. mainland are met at their gates by greeters who escort them to baggage claim or their connecting flight. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Lei are one of Hawaii's most potent traditions. Learn how to string your own at free classes," 4 May 2018 Zhuk immediately reported the incident in the newsroom to two male colleagues who escorted Slutsky out after the show finished. Kara Fox, CNN, "The silence is over: Russian women find their voice against harassment," 12 Apr. 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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