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)


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 Kaiser was not immediately aware of the gay escort website Rent. Darcie Moran, USA TODAY, "He's a father of 4 and worked as a chemist. Now he's accused of cannibalizing Grindr date," 14 Jan. 2020 Kaiser was not immediately aware of the gay escort website Rent. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "He's a father of 4 and worked as a chemist. Now he's accused of murder and cannibalism," 13 Jan. 2020 Other countries, including the U.S., sent naval escorts last year. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Tanker Operators Don’t Expect Ships to Be Targeted in U.S.-Iran Showdown," 7 Jan. 2020 Police escorts for passenger vehicles in the area became mandatory after 2014 when al-Shabab killed nearly 90 people in two attacks in Lamu county. Washington Post, "Kenyan officials say extremist attack on bus convoy kills 4," 2 Jan. 2020 Guards had left the base with company weapons to moonlight as White II’s personal escorts. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 According to the report, the woman found the profile under her daughter’s phone number and contacted the escort website requesting the ad be removed. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Escort website ad mistakenly lists the phone number of an 11-year-old girl in Oak Creek, police say," 19 Dec. 2019 Additional counseling services for students would be available Thursday, and the school's public safety division offers round-the-clock escort services to students, the statement said. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "18-year-old Barnard College student stabbed to death in New York City park," 12 Dec. 2019 During the unit’s visit, members of the Veterans Outreach Office acted as drivers and escorts for the 40-some vets and spouses who spent a week visiting Berea and touring nearby attractions, including the Browns Training Facility and NASA Glenn. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland, "Berea veterans honor Vietnam Jungle Eaters with brick paver: Community Voices," 7 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Staff members were later forced to escort him to his room, Ms. Glantz said. Edgar Sandoval, New York Times, "Tessa Majors Murder: 13-Year-Old Suspect Must Remain in Custody," 2 Jan. 2020 In March of 1916, newspaper reports said a man ⁠— now presumed by the DNA Doe Project to be Loveless⁠ — somehow stopped a train that was escorting him to jail and attempted to escape the train. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Human remains found in Idaho cave identified as outlaw who died over 100 years ago," 1 Jan. 2020 Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rageh, known as Ali Dheere, said Monday the group had targeted Turkish nationals in a convoy and the Somali troops escorting them. Omar Nor, Maija-liisa Ehlinger And Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia truck bombing that killed 85," 31 Dec. 2019 Each boy already had a gift idea in mind, and Phelan was escorting them from shop to shop to find it. Clara Turnage, Arkansas Online, "'Twas just before Christmas ...," 22 Dec. 2019 Each year, the police help with the couple's mission by driving them around and escorting them through the city. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "Secret Santas hand out crisp $100 bills to random metro Detroiters," 13 Dec. 2019 The Rams staffer then held Ramsey back, while a Ravens staffer grabbed Peters and escorted him away from the scene. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Ravens' Marcus Peters gets heated with Jalen Ramsey after win over Rams," 27 Nov. 2019 Through 13 subsequent trips as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, the God-fearing, gun-toting Harriet Tubman helped some 70 slaves slip their chains and escorted them north, to freedom. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Put Harriet Tubman on a New $25 Bill," 21 Nov. 2019 Despite recently undergoing knee surgery, Noah took on the red carpet for his new movie, but Alexis wasn't there to escort him. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Noah Centineo Just Called Girlfriend Alexis Ren the "Angel of My Life"," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of escort was in 1579

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Escort.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for escort


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


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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