escort

noun
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)

escort

verb
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 Instead, after visiting Arlington National Cemetery, Biden will receive a presidential escort — and a short one, at that. oregonlive, "Inauguration 2021: Joe Biden to be sworn in as president while Donald Trump leaves D.C. (live updates)," 20 Jan. 2021 The only in-person events will be the swearing-in, a troop review and a military escort from the Capitol to the White House afterward. Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "A transfer of power like no other, at a time like no other in U.S. history," 13 Jan. 2021 The traditional in-person parade along Pennsylvania Avenue will be replaced by an official escort with representatives of every branch of the military for one block. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "How to Watch Joe Biden & Kamala Harris' Inauguration," 19 Jan. 2021 That one was based on a distant cousin who became an escort. Dorian Lynskey, Los Angeles Times, "When Dolly was dark: How Dolly Parton went from bard of death and cruelty to avatar of goodness," 30 Nov. 2020 Instead of a traditional inaugural parade, Joe and Jill Biden eventually will arrive at the White House with a presidential escort consisting of representatives from every branch of the military. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "How long will DC remain locked down, National Guard troops stay after Biden inauguration?," 21 Jan. 2021 The drumline from Harris’ alma mater, Howard University, joined the presidential escort. Kathleen Ronayne, Anchorage Daily News, "With inauguration of Kamala Harris as vice president, a new chapter opens in US politics," 20 Jan. 2021 Instead, after visiting Arlington National Cemetery, Biden will receive a presidential escort — and a short one, at that. oregonlive, "Inauguration 2021: Joe Biden to be sworn in as president while Donald Trump leaves D.C. (live updates)," 20 Jan. 2021 Instead, after visiting Arlington National Cemetery, Biden will receive a presidential escort — and a short one, at that. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, "An inauguration unlike any other amid a pandemic, unrest," 19 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sandy Purdon, commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club in 1991, recalls being invited with his wife (and a security guard) by the House of Garrard jewelers to escort the trophy to London that year. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Eyes will be on the San Diego skipper in March America’s Cup," 26 Feb. 2021 Fortunately, the staff managed to escort all the children to safety through a back exit. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, "America’s First Black Physician Sought to Heal a Nation’s Persistent Illness," 26 Feb. 2021 Park police will escort attendees into the event perimeter and screen everyone through metal detectors to ensure no one inside has a gun, knife, or other weapons. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Officials hint at closing DC border for Inauguration Day," 15 Jan. 2021 The incident began when two loss prevention officers at Walmart allegedly observed a man stealing items from the store and attempted to escort him into an office, according to a statement from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Kelly Murray And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Walmart shooting suspect in custody in Virginia after allegedly wounding 3 people, including a sheriff's deputy," 3 Jan. 2021 Lastly, Canadian fighter pilots in CF-18s take off from Newfoundland to welcome Santa to North America and escort him through Canada. Julia Musto, Fox News, "How does NORAD track Santa on Christmas Eve?," 25 Dec. 2020 Freeze was alleged to have made phone calls with university phones to escort services while on out-of-state recruiting trips on the university jet. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Big matchup set for Cure Bowl with Coast Carolina and Liberty," 26 Dec. 2020 Reports surfaced earlier in the week that Brown had allegedly destroyed a security camera and threw his bicycle at the security gate of his luxury development in Hollywood, Fla., in October after being asked to escort a guest inside. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "NFL investigating Antonio Brown dispute with Florida HOA that began with landscaping issue: report," 18 Nov. 2020 The lieutenant colonel then ordered a private to escort the general out of their zone. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The True History of Netflix’s ‘The Liberator’," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of escort

Noun

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

Verb

1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for escort

Noun

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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Last Updated

4 Mar 2021

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“Escort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escort. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for escort

escort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of escort

: to go with (someone or something) to give protection or guidance

escort

noun
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

escort

verb
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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