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)


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


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

Originally arrested for handling counterfeit money, Hickey, a member of Washington’s personal escort, was overheard bragging about his involvement in a plan to enlist men for the crown and wreck Patriot defenses. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘The First Conspiracy’ Review: The Skulduggery of King George," 9 Jan. 2019 Investigators discovered that Peterson was bisexual and had recently arranged a meeting with a male escort. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Queasy Verdict of The Staircase," 26 June 2018 The plane received an escort from two Swedish Air Force pilots who prepared to defend the SR-71 from possible interception by Soviet fighter jets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Swedish Pilots Win Medals for Top Secret 1987 SR-71 Incident," 29 Nov. 2018 Jack Avery, escort to debutante Olivia Edmondson and brother of debutante Amanda Avery, knows the hospital well. Catherine Bigelow,, "A bumper crop of 27 debutantes make SF debut," 25 June 2018 Back then Robinson was wowed that Williams got a police escort to the championship game. Christopher L. Gasper,, "Duncan Robinson has been Michigan’s Fab Find," 2 Apr. 2018 The horns are immediately microchipped and delivered by an armed escort to an undisclosed off-property location guarded by a private security company. Rachel Nuwer, Newsweek, "Legal Trade in Rhinoceros Horns Could Save the Species From Extinction—Or Hasten Their Demise.," 21 Nov. 2016 In May 2017, a retired NYPD officer was sentenced to 15 months in prison for running a multimillion-dollar online escort service. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Seven NYPD Officers Arrested for Alleged Roles in a Prostitution and Gambling Ring," 12 Sep. 2018 Davis’s escort service got busted in 2008, around the same time former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was linked to a different prostitution ring. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The former “Manhattan Madam” has met with Robert Mueller’s team," 4 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While there, Sully, escorted by America's VetDogs service dog program manager Valerie Cramer, wore an American flag vest and sat in front of his late owner's casket for a moment of silence. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Will Happen to Sully, George H.W. Bush's Beloved Service Dog," 5 Dec. 2018 Yulefest, Poulsbo SAT Santa arrival, dancing around the tree, Lucia Bride lights bonfire escorted by Vikings, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Waterfront Park, Liberty Bay, Poulsbo ( Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Ballard Holiday Fest, Museum First Thursday and more," 28 Nov. 2018 The disruption seemed to work: The Cruzes were escorted from the restaurant via a side door, evidently never to return. Tim Carman, The Seattle Times, "Dining while dissenting: Restaurant owners grapple with outbreak of political protests," 2 Oct. 2018 Another clip shows Cardi seemingly being escorted from the party, and photos depict what looks like a bump on the rapper's forehead. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Allegedly Got Into a Fight During New York Fashion Week," 8 Sep. 2018 Strzok is still employed with the FBI, but was escorted from FBI headquarters in June while his personnel case is under review. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "FBI agent Peter Strzok: My personal opinion of Trump did not affect my work," 12 July 2018 At a rally in Paris this spring Mr Faure, jeered by unionists, had to be escorted to safety. The Economist, "The incredible disappearing French Socialist Party," 21 June 2018 Students and teachers returning to Santa Fe High School on Saturday to claim belongings left behind during the evacuation had to be escorted by police: The school was still a crime scene, cordoned off with yellow police tape. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "Santa Fe, unlike Parkland, says the issue behind the latest school shooting isn't guns," 20 May 2018 Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal is set to go under the knife after suffering a freak injury in training, where the Chilean had to be escorted off a practice pitch by Franck Ribéry and the club's goalkeeping coach, Toni Tapalovi., "Arturo Vidal Likely Out for UCL Semifinal After Freak Injury in Training," 16 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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 \
escorted; escorting

Kids Definition of escort (Entry 2 of 2)

: to accompany someone to protect or show courtesy

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