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[noun es-kawrt; verb ih-skawrt] /noun ˈɛs kɔrt; verb ɪˈskɔrt/
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.
verb (used with object)
to attend or accompany as an escort.
Origin of escort
1570-80; < French < Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere to conduct < Vulgar Latin *excorrigere. See ex-1, correct
Related forms
unescorted, adjective
well-escorted, adjective
4. convoy. 5. conduct, usher, squire, chaperon, take, guide.
Synonym Study
5. See accompany. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unescorted
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  • As though she were unescorted, she passed before him down the steps.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • She knows well that Romney Lee is just the last man to let her drive on unescorted.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • Now, quite alone and unescorted, she was on her way to Mexico City, where she expected to be met by some friends of her uncle.

    Doctor Therne H. Rider Haggard
  • Kee had said she was high-handed, and might she not elect to go about unescorted at any hour?

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
  • The unescorted women alone looked at her with a hint of friendliness.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • Lottie X 850 was again in this saloon with other unescorted women.

  • Escorted ladies of position, and unescorted women in pairs from Grant Road, are present before the betting booths.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • He did not, and I shifted my gaze to find Miss Plinlimmon coming towards me unescorted.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Lying helpless on the water was Transport 99, unescorted and with no other friendly vessel within ten hours' steaming of her.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • Again it was announced at the table that all the unescorted ones would accompany Carl and me.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
British Dictionary definitions for unescorted


not accompanied by an escort


noun (ˈɛskɔːt)
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 girl: he was her escort for the evening
  1. a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc
  2. (as modifier): an escort agency
verb (ɪsˈkɔːt)
(transitive) to accompany or attend as an escort
Word Origin
C16: from French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Latin corrigere to straighten; see correct
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Word Origin and History for unescorted



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.



1708, from escort (n.); social sense is from 1890. Related: Escorted; escorting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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