escort

noun
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 nounan 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 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

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 Instead, the Bidens will receive a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House after his swearing-in on the West Front of the Capitol. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: The call heard around the world," 5 Jan. 2021 With Hurricane Nate forecast to hit that day, the parade’s police escort was canceled. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Pat Green, New Orleans jazz fan who staged her own jazz funeral in a hurricane, dies at 97," 30 Dec. 2020 The 975 coveted doses of the COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive by police escort as soon as Thursday morning will create a new challenge for Roseland Community Hospital in a year that has been overrun by them. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 17 Dec. 2020 One of the victims Valeria Mack, a 24-year-old Philadelphia escort, was identified through DNA and genetic genealogy, Suffolk police said seven months ago. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Long Island's Gilgo Beach serial killer case remains unsolved 10 years later," 11 Dec. 2020 Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Illia said the truck allegedly hit a safety escort vehicle that was following the group of about 20 bicyclists. CBS News, "5 dead after truck hits group of bicyclists on Nevada highway," 11 Dec. 2020 While on an anti-submarine patrol from the escort carrier USS Suwannee on Feb. 27, 1943, Radioman John Boosalis’s TBM Avenger crashed in the South Pacific. David Sauer, Star Tribune, "Remember the price we paid in the Pacific," 4 Dec. 2020 Sternbeck said the department was trying to identify the officer as well as the reason for the escort. Washington Post, "Charges from Saturday’s pro-Trump protests and counterprotests include gun charges, inciting riots, destruction of property," 17 Nov. 2020 Guests found their seats thanks to bilingual escort cards by Written Word Calligraphy and Design, which also designed the menus that boasted black vellum illustrated with loose florals. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Maui Wedding Was All About Fashion, Family—and Engagement Photo Shoots in Two Countries," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The plan was to intercept the airliner, give orders to its pilot and escort the plane to an airport controlled by Katangan forces, where Hammarskjöld would be held. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘The Golden Thread’ Review: Who Killed Dag Hammarskjöld?," 21 Dec. 2020 The murals escort visitors up the stairs to the very top floor of the building, which is light, open, and airy. Sunset Magazine, "Get Design Inspiration from Napa’s Coolest New Tasting Room," 18 Dec. 2020 Sahay’s team is still puzzling out the best lipid nanoparticles to escort mRNA to the far reaches of the body. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Messenger RNA gave us a COVID-19 vaccine. Will it treat diseases, too?," 16 Dec. 2020 In 1960, Bridges braved threats and abuse to escort her daughter Ruby Bridges to an all-White school in the South, in defiance of segregation. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for November 12: Transition, Covid-19, Eta, Mozambique, Ethiopia," 12 Nov. 2020 This fall, Cher traveled to Pakistan to escort Kavaan, dubbed the world's loneliest elephant, to a new wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Cher Made the Most Out of Her 2020," 7 Dec. 2020 School officials said no lane is needed or included in their proposal because Guidepost requires all parents to park their vehicles and escort their children to and from the building. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville adopts $502.4 budget that includes raises for staff over objection of 3 council members," 3 Dec. 2020 The ClearSpace-1 mission, built by Swiss startup ClearSpace, will home in on a piece of debris the size of a washing machine, grapple it with a four-armed claw, and escort it down to a lower orbit where the duo will enter the atmosphere and burn up. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Europe plans space claw to capture orbiting junk," 1 Dec. 2020 The Arizona resident captains tugboats out of San Francisco Bay, helping to escort big container ships into and out of port, rescuing disabled vessels halfway to Hawaii, helping with fueling operations and more. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "It's a long commute: Tugboat captain works in the Bay Area and lives in landlocked Arizona," 29 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for escort

Time Traveler

The first known use of escort was in 1579

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Escort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escort. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for escort

escort

verb
How to pronounce escort (audio) How to pronounce escort (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of escort

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

escort

noun
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

escort

verb
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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