- a group of persons, or a single person, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, or courtesy: An escort of sailors accompanied the queen.
- an armed guard, as a body of soldiers or ships: The president traveled with a large escort of motorcycle police.
- a man or boy who accompanies a woman or girl in public, as to a social event.
- protection, safeguard, or guidance on a journey: to travel without escort.
- to attend or accompany as an escort.
Origin of escort
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Examples from the Web for escorting
Escorting is big business on the straight side too, only more of a hush-hush operation.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question
November 1, 2014
The aircraft were likely escorting friendly fighters and bombers, in addition to the strike on the command-and-control center.$70 Billion Stealth Jet Finally Flies in Its First War
September 23, 2014
Those include giving paid private Skype shows sold over Twitter, escorting, and more.The Banks’ War on Porn Stars
Richard Abowitz, Marlow Stern
May 7, 2014
A few weeks into escorting, he had what he gingerly calls a “rough experience” with a client.Sex, Power, and Desire: The Life of America’s Next Top Escort
March 19, 2014
Katie Klabusich, who has volunteered for years escorting pregnant women into clinics, told me a far different story.The Loud Truth About Abortion Protesters
January 22, 2014
A thousand knights were escorting a man who sat his horse proudly and like a hero.The Chinese Fairy Book
Do you not see that it is the wounded knight we met that day you were escorting me to Urbino?Love-at-Arms
The way things were going he might not be escorting at all within a few weeks.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Madam, may I have the privilege of escorting you to the head of the table?Miss Pat at School
Presently the two of them were escorting the Italian woman toward the foot of the cliff.Pathfinder
- one or more persons, soldiers, vehicles, etc, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, restraint, or as a mark of honour
- a man or youth who accompanies a woman or girlhe was her escort for the evening
- a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc
- (as modifier)an escort agency
- (tr) to accompany or attend as an escort
Word Origin and History for escorting
1570s, in military sense, from Middle French escorte (16c.), from Italian scorta, literally "a guiding," from scorgere "to guide," from Vulgar Latin *excorrigere, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + corrigere "set right" (see correct). The sense of "person accompanying another to a social occasion" is 1936.
1708, from escort (n.); social sense is from 1890. Related: Escorted; escorting.