- to accompany or escort, usually for protection: A destroyer convoyed the merchant ship.
- the act of convoying.
- the protection provided by an escort.
- a ship, fleet, group of vehicles, etc., accompanied by a protecting escort.
- an armed force, warship, etc., that escorts, especially for protection.
- any group of military vehicles traveling together under the same orders.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang. two or more CB-equipped vehicles traveling together.
Origin of convoy
Examples from the Web for convoy
As soon as the convoy left, Jimbo came out of the double doors.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
But one convoy alone, according to Lysenko, consisted of 32 tanks, 16 D-30 howitzers and 30 KamAZ heavy trucks.Putin Is Lying on Ukraine—and the West Can’t Stop Him
November 14, 2014
The convoy included more than 40 tankers and trucks--19 of those were each towing a 122mm howitzer.
On Tuesday, the group witnessed a convoy of 43 unmarked green military trucks with tarpaulin covers moving towards Donetsk.
About every three or four months there is a convoy into the key city of Qamishli.U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
We got to sea, at last, two transports, under the convoy of the Pictou.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The second attack on the Scandinavian convoy occurred on 12th December.Submarine Warfare of To-day
Charles W. Domville-Fife
You have so impressed me with your skill, that, if I dared, I'd ask you to convoy me up.Lord Kilgobbin
"Let me be your convoy, then," said Travers, good-naturedly.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
Edgar was not on board the Tigre when she fell in with the convoy of wounded.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
- a group of merchant ships with an escort of warships
- a group of land vehicles assembled to travel together
- the act of travelling or escorting by convoy (esp in the phrase in convoy)
- (tr) to escort while in transit
Word Origin and History for convoy
early 16c., "the act of guiding or escorting for protection," from convoy (v.), late 14c., from Old French convoier, from Vulgar Latin *conviare, literally "go together on the road" (see convey). The meaning "train of ships or wagons carrying munitions or provisions in wartime under protection of escort" is from c.1600.