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 Those convoys, consisting of fuel trucks and their escorts, are vulnerable to IEDs, ambushes, and other forms of enemy attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants To Beam Solar Power From Space Back to Earth," 4 Nov. 2019 Consider hiring a local Egyptologist if possible to serve as your escort. National Geographic, "Step into history at these stunning archaeological sites," 21 Oct. 2019 Intimate conversation was hampered by our police escort. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 They were quickly moved aside by his police escort. Danica Kirka, chicagotribune.com, "Boris Johnson becomes British prime minister, derides the Brexit 'doubters, doomsters, gloomsters’," 24 July 2019 The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and Dorothy were her escorts. Enid Nemy, New York Times, "Marylou Whitney, Social Queen of the Racing World, Dies at 93," 19 July 2019 Goldwater was with two other men: his son, Barry Jr., who would go on to represent a Southern California district in Congress; and their official NASA escort, Gene Cernan, who had flown on the previous Apollo mission as well as a Gemini mission. John D'anna, azcentral, "A young engineer trainee found himself at the Apollo 11 launch with Barry Goldwater," 16 July 2019 Deadly attacks on polio vaccinators and their police escorts are on the rise. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, "Surging cases have dashed all hope that polio might be eradicated in 2019," 10 July 2019 Girls and women had swimming privileges on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on those evenings, women and their escorts were admitted. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Diving into history: Indianapolis' first municipal pool was in use more than a century ago," 29 Mar. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An ambassador is traditionally the child of a celebrity who assists with award presentations, handing out trophies to winners and escorting them off stage. Jonathan Landrum Jr., USA TODAY, "Pierce Brosnan’s sons are the Golden Globes ambassadors for January awards show," 15 Nov. 2019 An ambassador is traditionally the child of a celebrity who assists with award presentations, handing out trophies to winners and escorting them off stage. Washington Post, "Pierce Brosnan’s sons named Golden Globe Awards ambassadors," 15 Nov. 2019 At least one passenger took photos of Tulsa police escorting him off the flight. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "Man accused of sex assault of female airline passenger that led to emergency landing," 9 Nov. 2019 The two dogs joined the Galatasaray and Aalen teams for a game of 'chase the plastic bag,' running in circles before security managed to escort them off the field. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Black cat takes the field during Monday Night Football," 4 Nov. 2019 But Turbo was shown being held back by multiple security guards, and then escorted from the house. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2's Jordan Wiseley Explains Why Turbo Really Was Sent Home," 31 Oct. 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were accorded a red-carpet reception on their arrival at the airport, then were escorted to a hotel amid tight security. chicagotribune.com, "Britain’s Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive in Pakistan for a 5-day visit called ‘the most complex tour’ by the pair," 14 Oct. 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were accorded a red-carpet reception on their arrival at the airport, then were escorted to a hotel amid tight security. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UK’s Prince William, Kate arrive in Pakistan for 5-day visit," 14 Oct. 2019 Hadid made sure to grab the YouTuber by the shoulder and gently escort her off the runway while still walking the show (an icon). Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Escorted a YouTuber Off the Runway at the Chanel SS20 Show in Paris," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of escort was in 1579

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Last Updated

9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Escort.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escort. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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