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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Twenty-four hours later, everyone reconvenes at an airplane hangar, protected by a military escort so that The Professor can deliver all the new passports and identities to these officially dead thieves. Tara Ariano, Vulture, 5 Dec. 2021 Santa is slated to arrive by a firetruck escort, 5:20 p.m. Visit San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Guercio started his day with a ride to work from Senior Deputy Jamie Auer in his patrol vehicle, complete with a police motorcycle escort. Matt Button, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2022 He was dropped off at Shell True North and told not to return to his room until the next day to pick up the rest of his belongings, and to do so with a police escort. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 Guided by a police escort, the parade will start at Paradise Valley Town Hall at 6 p.m. Details: Paradise Valley Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 28 Nov. 2021 Occupants could be seen walking out under police escort with their hands in the air. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Salah Abdeslam, who prosecutors say is the sole surviving attacker, arrived at the courthouse Wednesday under tight police escort and, when asked by the presiding judge to confirm his name, set a defiant tone., 8 Sep. 2021 Fitted into a coach, the coffin was driven to Interstate 880 under police escort. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Law enforcement officers appeared to escort O'Rourke out of the press conference afterward. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 26 May 2022 The mission would be to form an international coalition of warships to escort commercial vessels safely out of Odessa and the Black Sea. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 May 2022 Authorities have said that White violated department policy by transporting Casey White alone; protocol calls for two jail guards to escort prisoners. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, 9 May 2022 Second, as staff shortages continue to plague the industry, not all spas have the personnel to individually escort clients. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 6 May 2022 Two sworn deputies are supposed to escort incarcerated people. Ashley Remkus |, al, 2 May 2022 Insulin is necessary to escort glucose into the cells, and without insulin, glucose remains in the blood. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2022 There aren’t many vessels left that can, or will, escort the landing craft. David Axe, Forbes, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Escort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 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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