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

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 officer arrived at the hospital via transport by Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service with a three-car police escort. Carol Robinson |, al, 15 Sep. 2021 The officer was taken to UAB Hospital’s emergency room by ambulance and with a large police escort from police officers from multiple agencies including Birmingham, Fultondale and Brookside police. Carol Robinson |, al, 30 Nov. 2021 Just last week, Western Brown held a pep rally for the team complete with a police escort. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2021 Yousef said Issa's team arranged a time for his family to go to the airport with an escort from U.S. authorities. Julie Watson, ajc, 3 Sep. 2021 For many Native American residents of San Juan County who were born before 1970, their first trip to elementary school was made with a police escort and some weren’t able to to see their families again for months or even years. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2021 Days later, Pentland and his family packed up and left, with a police escort, after Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside into the night Wednesday. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 17 Apr. 2021 But as the protest was winding down, a truck started following the demonstrators, who were marching on the highway with a police escort following behind. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 An intimate evening between a film director and an escort is disrupted when a familiar face arrives. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 10 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The intruder was in the museum’s nearly empty main lobby when a maintenance worker noticed him and helped security escort him outside. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Dustin Clark, a father of four children in public schools, raised his voice in protest and Weir directed school board police to escort him out. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 14 Dec. 2021 Anybody else gets a pick, everyone takes off and tries to escort him to the end zone. Evan Dudley, al, 10 Oct. 2021 To add insult to injury, a burly security guard is called to escort you out the door, giving you barely enough time to pack all of your belongings in a sad-looking cardboard box. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The crowd also jeered at pro-mask protesters outside the August meeting, and Bel Air police officers had to escort them to their cars. James Whitlow,, 9 Sep. 2021 The suspect initially refused to exit the car and the officer had to escort him out of it. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 After a particularly contentious meeting on masks in a school gym, McKenney, the Kansas health officer, was surprised when the sheriff’s department offered to escort her, concerned for her safety. Frances Stead Sellers, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 During college, a trespassing incident baroquely escalated into a local street gang targeting her for rape and murder, requiring a police officer to escort her to campus. New York Times, 27 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2022

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“Escort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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