es·​cort | \ ˈe-ˌskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio) \

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)


es·​cort | \ i-ˈskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio) , e-, ˈe-ˌskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio) \
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


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.


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

One option may be to provide military escorts for commercial tankers moving through the Strait of Hormuz, one official said, although no decision has been made. Erin Cunnigham, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran calls claims it attacked oil tankers ‘economic terrorism’ by US," 14 June 2019 But when her parents approached the Palestinian Civil Affairs Commission for escort permits, their process ground to a halt. Isabel Debre,, "Sick Gaza child caught in Israeli permit system dies alone," 12 June 2019 Already the sons are privileged to attend all Grand Army meetings, and to them is assigned the honor of being official escort to the old soldiers at all encampments and G.A.R. functions. Evening Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 1924: San Diego hosts Civil War veterans," 9 June 2019 Alex was discovered and rescued by an undercover police officer after Alex's picture went up on an escort site. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Trafficking's invisible victims: Boys trapped in the sex trade," 9 June 2019 Perhaps the film’s most tiresome stereotype is a beautiful young woman named Camille (Maripier Morin), a hooker with a heart of gold who is endowed with just as weighty a brain: her escort website references Socrates and Racine. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Take comedy, add philosophy, shake well," 7 June 2019 Helmi has volunteered as a clinic escort at West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the past two and a half years. Lauren Rankin, Teen Vogue, "Alabama's Abortion Ban Is Dangerous, and it May Even Be Deadly," 16 May 2019 Also in tow were spikey golden false eyelashes and a troupe of umbrella-carrying escorts. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Lady Gaga Wears Four Looks on the 2019 Met Gala Red Carpet," 6 May 2019 Down the halls following an escort, up broad stairs, into the pavilion. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stevens was ejected from his seat and was escorted out by security. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Who Is Mark Stevens? Here's What We Know About the VC Banned for Shoving Raptors Star Kyle Lowry," 6 June 2019 Meghan's mom Doria Ragland came from California, and Prince Charles sweetly escorted the bride down the aisle after her father Thomas Markle decided against attending. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship," 8 May 2019 Much was made about who would then escort her down the aisle: her mother, Prince Philip, or perhaps no one at all. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Prince Harry Asked His Father to Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle," 8 Nov. 2018 Bald Eagles escorted us down the Snake by stalking in the trees above before tearing into salmon only 20 feet away from our raft. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 Finally, after an hour, the doors open, we’re given our electronic devices and Coyle escorts us down two flights of stairs and into the Grand Ballroom. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "How it happened: Phoenix Suns win NBA draft lottery," 19 May 2018 Kensington Palace has confirmed Doria will be escorting Meghan on her journey from Clivedon Hotel to Windsor Castle for the wedding. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Is Still Trying to Convince Her Father to Come to Her Wedding," 15 May 2018 Goldin was escorted out of a movie theater in New York after protesting about the screening of an unrelated documentary made by Madeleine Sackler, a granddaughter of Raymond Sackler. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 To cap an already lavish evening, the VIPs will be escorted to their chambers for the night: A luxe mini replica of the iconic pyramid inside of the full-sized monument. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Here's Your Chance to Have a Private Sleepover at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of escort


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


1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for escort


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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English Language Learners Definition of escort

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


es·​cort | \ ˈe-ˌskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio) \

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


es·​cort | \ i-ˈskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio) \
escorted; escorting

Kids Definition of escort (Entry 2 of 2)

: to accompany someone to protect or show courtesy

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