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

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Examples of escort in a Sentence


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.


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

Down the halls following an escort, up broad stairs, into the pavilion. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 Unlike the Cubs, who rarely allow people inside their center field scoreboard without an escort, the Red Sox encourage players to come inside the Monster and even provide Sharpies to write their names. Paul Sullivan,, "White Sox leaving their mark inside Fenway Park's Green Monster," 10 June 2018 He had already been allowed to leave the hospital grounds for 48 hours without an escort, part of a graduated process that aims to get residents ready for release. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Man who shot Alexandria police officer released with conditions from mental hospital," 7 June 2018 In the early 1980s she was arrested for running an escort service that catered to Manhattan’s elite. Glynnis Macnicol, Town & Country, "The Reinvention of Sydney Biddle Barrows: The Mayflower Madame Has Some Advice," 17 Apr. 2019 Armed with a 20-millimeter cannon, rockets, and air-to-air and anti-tank missiles, the AH-1Z functions as an armed escort for Marine transport helicopters and provides close-air support to friendly ground forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Marine Corps Helicopter Lift Another Marine Helicopter," 15 Apr. 2019 The escort only has the pleasure of riding on a plane with an adorable puppy. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Tropical Island is Brimming With Adoptable Puppies You Can Take Home," 2 Apr. 2019 The more senior officers start to drift over to the monitor where the conversation is heating up, and that’s when the Air Force escort hustles me out of the room so the entire team can view the critical screens and fix the problem. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019 Continuing the British theme, vintage teacups were used as escort cards, and sat at each place setting bearing a guest’s name. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Izvestia the MiGs will also escort Russian bombers during their periodic flights near Alaskan airspace. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Resumes Fighter Patrols Over the North Pole," 6 Feb. 2019 As Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor escorted the adorable group into Windsor Chapel, one tiny page boy, Louis de Givenchy, tripped and fell, causing a domino effect that led to almost everybody almost-falling over. The Editors, Marie Claire, "A Page Boy at Princess Eugenie's Wedding Recovered Like a Champ After Tripping Up," 12 Oct. 2018 Their parents also escorted Ben and Moriah down the aisle to a chuppah painted by Moriah’s best friend Colleen, an artist., "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 The officers then escorted Jalen and his mom to Navicent Health in Macon for his biopsy. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Police officers and K9s join boy with tumor to pray before his brain surgery," 13 July 2018 On Friday, police escorted Beijing activist Hu Jia to the northern city of Chongli, which doesn’t have a coastline, to prevent him from marking the anniversary. Washington Post, "Nobel widow’s release is short-lived human rights triumph," 13 July 2018 The men, dressed in their military best — black sport coats, navy slacks, patent black dress shoes and maroon berets — escorted Conrad into the church. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Fallen Chandler soldier, Sgt. Alexander Conrad, was a 'hero,' brother says," 30 June 2018 Cosby escorted Phylicia down the aisle of a Harlem church, walking with a fake limp to get laughs. Tim Rohan,, "Michael, Murray and ... OJ? Ahmad Rashad Has Kept His Celeb Friends Close—Most of Them, Anyway," 29 June 2018 Twitter in particular handed escorts a number of tools that allowed them to protect themselves ― a way to screen clients, anonymity, the ability to find customers without taking to the streets or working for a pimp. Elizabeth Schumacher, USA TODAY, "Sex workers leave Twitter for Switter after controversial US law," 29 June 2018

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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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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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