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es·​cort ˈe-ˌskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio)
: a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or as a courtesy
: a man who goes with a woman to a social event
: 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
: 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
: accompaniment by a person or an armed protector (such as a ship)


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es·​cort i-ˈskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio)
ˈe-ˌskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio)
escorted; escorting; escorts

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
His father, Robert A.S. MacNeil, served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, commanding convoy escort ships, and later joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Elizabeth Jensen, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024 As attacks on political candidates have mounted, Mexican leaders have vowed swift prosecution and rolled out an effort to shield endangered candidates with armed escorts. David Shortell, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for escort 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1708, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escort was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Escort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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es·​cort ˈes-ˌkȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce escort (audio)
: a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or show courtesy
: the man who goes on a date with a woman
: a protective screen of vehicles, warships, or planes
motorcycle escort
fighter escort


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es·​cort is-ˈkȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce escort (audio) es-ˈ How to pronounce escort (audio)
: to go along with as an escort

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