escort

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noun

es·​cort ˈe-ˌskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio)
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a(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

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verb

es·​cort i-ˈskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio)
e-,
ˈe-ˌskȯrt How to pronounce escort (audio)
escorted; escorting; escorts

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
That’s the first time city commissioners have requested police escorts for security concerns since Ed Hudak became the city’s police chief nearly a decade ago, Hudak said. Tess Riski, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 Touma said that the police escort was necessary to prevent people from throwing stones at the convoy and attempting to steal aid from them. Julia Frankel The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 Nine buses would leave the facility with police escorts; two buses left around 2:45 p.m. and seven buses about an hour later. Nhat V. Meyer, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 The 52-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with MS in 2021, strode on stage with the help of a cane (and a handsome escort) — and was overwhelmed with emotion by her reception. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 16 Jan. 2024 Already, up to a hundred pickups, with 30 passengers squeezed in each, leave Agadez every week under military escort to protect them from bandits. Elian Peltier Carmen Abd Ali, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Brainard-Barnes was one of four escorts found buried in the same marshy, desolate area in Gilgo Beach in Long Island, N.Y., in December 2010, all within about 500 feet of each other. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 Diplomats and military officials are now even more focused there as the U.S. and U.K. retaliate against attacks on shipping and naval escorts by Houthi rebels allied to Iran. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2024 Prosecutors say Hunter Biden falsely claimed some of these expenses, including payments to escorts, as deductions on his taxes. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 11 Jan. 2024
Verb
In Italy, a small convoy of tractors moved across Rome's historical center to the Colosseum, escorted by police patrols. CiarÁn Giles and Monika Scislowska The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 The next day, Karp was escorted into the fortified bunker of the presidential palace, becoming the first leader of a major Western company to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky since Russia’s invasion three months earlier. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 In the recording that became a flashpoint in the 2016 presidential race, Bush pointed out Zucker as the one in purple who was set to escort Trump to the set. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 In a video shared by The Hollywood Reporter's Chris Gardner on X, formerly known as Twitter, the musician was seen being escorted out of Crypto.com Arena by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Parents had to escort the teens inside that night, and the library beefed up security. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 The head butting — which occurred as staffers were escorting the man across a prison yard — prompted 200 inmates to attack the officers. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Back at the park on a January afternoon, Texas National Guard soldiers escorted journalists onto the grounds. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Haley is escorted by personal security at South Carolina campaign events, and local law enforcement is also present. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1708, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escort was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Escort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escort. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

escort

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es·​cort ˈes-ˌkȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce escort (audio)
1
: a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or show courtesy
2
: the man who goes on a date with a woman
3
: a protective screen of vehicles, warships, or planes
motorcycle escort
fighter escort

escort

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es·​cort is-ˈkȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce escort (audio) es-ˈ How to pronounce escort (audio)
ˈes-ˌ
: to go along with as an escort

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