- 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 convoys
The people in charge of the convoys distributed the hejab to the besieged women along with the cartons of food.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
A few miles on, a new main road was clotted with convoys of tractor-trailers.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
For an American fighter pilot, however, ISIS convoys and fortifications look like great things to bomb.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
Our forts were attacked, our convoys ambushed, our steamers fired into on the rivers.The Soul of a People
Without their protection, the danger to which convoys were exposed was great.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
But he did nothing to prevent the Spanish convoys from reaching Europe.
These small vessels do not wait for convoys, but trust to their speed.Held Fast For England
G. A. Henty
It relieved British convoys and transports from danger of interruption.World's War Events, Vol. I
- 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 convoys
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.