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 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 After that, in lieu of a parade, Biden will receive a short presidential escort from 15th Street NW to the White House involving every military branch, as well as a Joint Service Honor Guard and the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden's inauguration: What to expect," 18 Jan. 2021 The Bidens will receive a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House after his swearing-in on the West Front of the Capitol. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Biden's inauguration day: What will look different, who will attend, and what will go virtual," 12 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Provide Rx also makes all travel arrangements, including a motor service staffed by bilingual drivers, who escort patients out of the airport and into a van for the short drive south. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Prescriptions from Mexico? Utah is paying public employees to make the trip," 2 Oct. 2020 As part of the Jimmy Trimble scholarship, Sophia will participate in an educational trip in March to escort World War II veterans to Guam and Iwo Jima for the Reunion of Honor marking the 76th anniversary of the battles. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veterans Center picks local Young Marine for prestigious scholarship, trip to Iwo Jima," 21 Jan. 2021 About 15 minutes later, Heilman observed officers escort a woman from the front passenger side of the pickup truck. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, "Robbinsdale police shoot, kill knife-wielding man," 8 Jan. 2021 Most of that spending was on law enforcement to control crowds and escort the parade. Washington Post, "D.C. says it needs $45 million from Congress to host inauguration after protests drained funds," 15 Dec. 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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20 Feb 2021

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“Escort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escort. Accessed 3 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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