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

The escort only has the pleasure of riding on a plane with an adorable puppy. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Tropical Island is Brimming With Adoptable Puppies You Can Take Home," 2 Apr. 2019 The more senior officers start to drift over to the monitor where the conversation is heating up, and that’s when the Air Force escort hustles me out of the room so the entire team can view the critical screens and fix the problem. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019 Continuing the British theme, vintage teacups were used as escort cards, and sat at each place setting bearing a guest’s name. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019 Winston Hencely accuses Fluor Corporation of allowing the Afghan national responsible for the bombing to work alone and to skip an escort off Bagram Air Base on the morning of Nov. 12, 2016. Russ Bynum, The Seattle Times, "US soldier wounded in suicide attack sues bomber’s employer," 20 Feb. 2019 In 1881, as the burial procession of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878) neared the Tiber River in Rome, anticlerical protesters breached the escort and attempted to throw the papal bier into the murky water. Thomas Albert Howard, WSJ, "‘The Pope Who Would Be King’ and ‘Vatican I’ Review: Rome Infallible," 5 Feb. 2019 Her escort was none other than Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, her third cousin through Queen Victoria. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the History of the Royal Family?," 7 Aug. 2018 Coach 1 said, according to the FBI complaint, given Louisville's NCAA infractions case relating to the previous escort scandal. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville assistant coach Jordan Fair is back coaching in AAU," 12 July 2018 An aircraft carrying 12,000 liters (3,170 gallons) of fuel had arrived, and trucks with food were on the way with police escorts to guard against looters. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Aid slowly is tricking to Indonesian disaster-hit areas," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Every time an ultra-security inmate is removed from a cell, the inmate is required to be escorted by two officers and a sergeant, said Taylor, noting the requirement for a sergeant’s presence does not exist for maximum-security inmates. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Escape attempt leads to elevated security status for Kent murder suspect," 12 July 2018 On Thursday, about 92 miles west of Japan, the Run Da was turned over to a Chinese Coast Guard vessel to be escorted back to China for prosecution. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska-based Coast Guard cutter detains Chinese-flagged vessel for suspected illegal fishing," 23 June 2018 Meghan, 36, is set to be escorted to the altar on her wedding day by her future father-in-law, Prince Charles. Jodi Guglielmi,, "George and Amal Clooney Arrive at Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 19 May 2018 Audience will be split into groups to be escorted by the show crew members. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland Arts listings for April 6-12: "Cleveland's Endearing Symnbol: 52 stories of the Terminal Tower" at the Galleries at CSU & More," 5 Apr. 2018 The entire family, which included a blind girl and an ill older man, were to be escorted by the SARC out of the enclave. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "As thousands flee one part of Eastern Ghouta, rebels won't let others out," 16 Mar. 2018 Memphis faced two lawsuits last year over a list that included political activists to be escorted in city hall. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Who's on City Hall's watch list? Unless you're stopped, you may never know | The Kansas City Star," 13 Mar. 2018 Understandably, guests are escorted to and from their rooms at night, and walkie-talkies are provided in the rooms just in case. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 For example, 14 year-old Kennedy Holmes was at one point escorted on stage by someone holding her skirt train. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 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 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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