[verb kon-voi, kuh n-voi; noun kon-voi]
  1. the act of convoying.
  2. the protection provided by an escort.
  3. a ship, fleet, group of vehicles, etc., accompanied by a protecting escort.
  4. an armed force, warship, etc., that escorts, especially for protection.
  5. any group of military vehicles traveling together under the same orders.
  6. Citizens Band Radio Slang. two or more CB-equipped vehicles traveling together.

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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for convoys


  1. a group of merchant ships with an escort of warships
  2. a group of land vehicles assembled to travel together
  3. the act of travelling or escorting by convoy (esp in the phrase in convoy)
  1. (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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