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

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 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. BostonGlobe.com, 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 Wait for motorcade, police escort, and brief halting of pedestrian traffic along Central Park South. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Frightened jurors later were whisked away under heavy escort. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 Palestinians and neighboring Jordan, the custodian of the site, accuse Israel of violating longstanding arrangements by allowing increasingly large numbers of Jews to visit the site under police escort. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 22 Apr. 2022 Palestinians view the visits, under police escort, as a provocation and possible prelude to Israel taking over the site or partitioning it. Tia Goldenberg, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and his delegation arrived under Swiss police escort at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Geneva for face-to-face talks with Wendy Sherman, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, and her team. chicagotribune.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There aren’t many vessels left that can, or will, escort the landing craft. David Axe, Forbes, 14 May 2022 In this film, Channing Tatum plays an Army Ranger whose assignment is to escort Lulu to her partner's funeral. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 The action can swing from one side of the map to the other quickly as teams escort TWO (the pusher robot) to their opponents’ barrier to gain progress. Kris Holt, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Surazhsky, under guidance from an attorney, had a notarized letter from Yelyzaveta’s mother authorizing her to escort the child to the United States and to be her care giver. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 The Avon Lake Fire Department was able to escort the man to his apartment. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2022 The teacher, though, denied that Teresa was asked to escort sick children to the nurse’s office and said the girl never accompanied students to the clinic who exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, according to a three-page report reviewed by The Post. Andrea Salcedo, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Feb. 2022 The teacher, though, denied that Teresa was asked to escort sick children to the nurse’s office and said the girl never accompanied students to the clinic who exhibited symptoms of covid-19, according to a three-page report reviewed by The Post. Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2022 On the way back, she was asked to escort a thirteen-month-old baby boy to his adoptive family in the United States. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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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

27 May 2022

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“Escort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escort. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for escort

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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