[ verb kon-voi, kuh n-voi; noun kon-voi ]
/ verb ˈkɒn vɔɪ, kənˈvɔɪ; noun ˈkɒn vɔɪ /

verb (used with object)

to accompany or escort, usually for protection: A destroyer convoyed the merchant ship.


Origin of convoy

1325–75; Middle English convoyen < Middle French convoier, Anglo-French conveier to convey
Related formsun·con·voyed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See accompany. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convoys

British Dictionary definitions for convoys


/ (ˈkɒnvɔɪ) /


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 for convoy

C14: from Old French convoier to convey
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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.

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