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 nounan 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 People from both sides are outside the clinic so often that many of the protesters and the volunteer clinic escorts know each other by name. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mississippi city tries to limit noise near abortion clinic," 3 Oct. 2019 However, the escort was canceled at the last minute, UA officials said. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football comes up yard short in loss to Hawaii," 24 Aug. 2019 David Grissom may have revealed that a University of Louisville trustee provided cash for Katina Powell's escorts. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball's Jordan Nwora and Yacine Diop get national team experience," 13 Aug. 2019 Attendees can see a Reds staff member for an escort to a cool room. Sarah Brookbank,, "It's hot in Cincinnati. Here's how to stay safe and cool off," 18 July 2019 Admission for an escort is $10 each, or free for one member. USA TODAY, "‘Lorax’ tree legend, butter Elmo, meth squirrel: News from around our 50 states," 19 June 2019 Chris JacksonGetty Images Eventually, flanked by a police escort, the prince’s Jaguar glided in to cheers. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, "Inside the Cutthroat World of Royal Gossips," 5 Sep. 2019 They were supposed to have a police escort, which is standard operating procedure for visiting teams in college football. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football comes up yard short in loss to Hawaii," 24 Aug. 2019 The officer's body was given a police escort to Montgomery to undergo an autopsy, according to WVTM. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "An Alabama police officer died in the line of duty," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With fans not getting warnings if caught breaking the rules, but simply being escorted right out. Rasputin Todd,, "Tool plays first ever show at Heritage Bank Center tonight. What you need to know," 5 Nov. 2019 Video shared by Joseph Acosta shows a man dressed in all black being escorted to a police cruiser in handcuffs. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Man seen in handcuffs after fire at The Wilde Collection in Houston’s Heights," 1 Nov. 2019 Later Wednesday morning, a procession of patrol cars escorted Ishmael’s body from a hospital to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. Los Angeles Times, "Deputy killed and another wounded in El Dorado County shooting," 23 Oct. 2019 The incident that ultimately caused Anderson’s firing happened last Wednesday when escorting a Black, male student out of the school who was being disruptive. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Security Guard Fired After Warning Student Not To Call Him The N-Word," 18 Oct. 2019 What little positive energy remaining in the Stadium vanished in the eighth inning when CC Sabathia was escorted off the field by an athletic trainer after suffering a shoulder injury while throwing a pitch to George Springer., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 18 Oct. 2019 The subject of the event was kept mostly a secret until attendees were escorted to the basement, where product manager Nathan Sharp gave a quick introduction to the app. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "What Is Facebook Dating For?," 2 Oct. 2019 Other models also appeared to join Gigi in escorting the person offstage. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Removed a Runway Crasher at the Chanel Paris Fashion Week 2019 Show," 1 Oct. 2019 The Ambassadors will be escorted onto the field by their families and introduced to the community, to recognize their leadership and hard work, said Workman. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway High honoring its Titan Ambassadors for homecoming," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of escort was in 1579

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How to pronounce escort (audio) How to pronounce escort (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of escort

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


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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