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 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)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Often, the vintage cars enjoyed a police escort, but upon seeing the round headlights and numbered meatballs on the hood, Italian drivers moved over to let age and beauty through. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2022 The Pennsylvania players will arrive at the Miracle League Fields via a Fairfield police escort at 9:15 a.m., Saturday. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 22 July 2022 Both deputies were rushed to UAB Hospital via a massive police escort along Interstate 65, traveling through Hoover and Homewood and Birmingham. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 1 July 2022 Two buses and eight ambulances followed a police escort to the border — where the convoy promptly stalled in a bureaucratic snag of almost four hours. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 His return even garnered a police escort, according to KOB. NBC News, 6 Mar. 2022 The endeavor required a massive logistical effort: obtaining special entry visas, securing a police escort, buying body bags and stretchers. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 Then it was placed in a truck and got a police escort to a preservation facility. Sophie Carson, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 Then it was placed in a truck and got a police escort to a preservation facility. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tuscaloosa police today will escort the body of Officer Kennis Croom once his funeral procession arrives in the county from Mississippi. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 10 June 2022 Police officers escort Zahir Jaffer, the man sentenced to death in Mukadam's murder, in Islamabad on Feb. 24. NBC News, 7 Mar. 2022 The shelling continued, but the officers assigned to escort us through the city waited patiently. NBC News, 22 Mar. 2022 The shelling continued, but the officers assigned to escort us through the city waited patiently. Mstyslav Chernov, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2022 The Oasis Outback gun store in town had private security officers stop reporters outside and escort them to the edge of the property. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2022 Never sing them Happy Birthday or watch them in the school play or teach them to ride a two-wheeled bike or escort them down the aisle. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 May 2022 Officers encountered him near the bar area and tried to escort him out of the eatery. Caroline Silva, ajc, 19 May 2022 As a member of the Eighth Air Force, McCubbin’s main duty was to escort bombers, and on the way back to base, he was also allowed to find ground targets for strafing runs. Olivia Morley, ajc, 5 June 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

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“Escort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escort. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for escort

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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