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

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 The deputies had earlier provided a security escort to the parking lot for two local pediatricians who recommended the board approve a temporary mask mandate. Scott Broden, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 The Patriot Guard Riders provided an escort from McRae’s Funeral Home to the cemetery, where flags lined the path from the cemetery gate to the gravesite. al, 4 Sep. 2021 Paul Airport by hundreds and had a police escort to the Registry Hotel in Bloomington. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Behind him, Muhammed Nabi Darwish walked hurriedly to catch up with the group as an escort called him to hurry to the bus. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 When the Alloccos arrived at the gate, a police escort was waiting. Joshuah Bearman, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 On Wednesday morning, a police escort led Holloway from the Shepherd Center to Adamson Square in Carrollton, where he was met by a crowd of cheering supporters carrying signs and waving flags. al, 19 July 2021 On Saturday, the annual Hillsborough Tour d’Elegance road rally travels scenic Bay Area back roads while led by a police escort, stopping for lunch at a private estate. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 July 2021 Among the recent controversies: A new rule that says patients have to have a staff escort to move around the building., 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then one of the tactical teams got orders from then-DOC Deputy Commissioner Paul Henderson to place Paulino in restraints and escort him to another cell, according to incident reports filed by officers., 14 Aug. 2021 Fortunately, California Highway Patrol officers were able to use their vehicles to keep the animal away from traffic and escort it back off the road. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 12 Aug. 2021 Video taken by Torres and other stunned neighbors showed the suspect exit a house on Ivy Wall Drive, grab the tiger by its collar and escort it back into the home. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 10 May 2021 The groups arranged for men to escort me, along with drivers and translators, through the provinces of Ghazni, Logar, Wardak, Nangarhar, Herat, and Kabul to surreptitiously photograph and interview Afghan women. Lynsey Addario, The Atlantic, 16 Aug. 2021 Prior to the introduction of the P-51, Allied fighters could only escort bombers so far because of limited range. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 In the village of Lunugala, about 37 miles away, adults escort schoolchildren to a mountaintop treehouse in a forest reserve. Arkansas Online, 17 July 2021 The officer will then escort them back to the vehicle and retrieve the weapon. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 5 Aug. 2021 Her assignment: to escort an elderly man across the world against his will in order to ambush his son. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 23 July 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Escort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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