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[noun es-kawrt; verb ih-skawrt]
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  1. a group of persons, or a single person, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, or courtesy: An escort of sailors accompanied the queen.
  2. an armed guard, as a body of soldiers or ships: The president traveled with a large escort of motorcycle police.
  3. a man or boy who accompanies a woman or girl in public, as to a social event.
  4. protection, safeguard, or guidance on a journey: to travel without escort.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to attend or accompany as an escort.
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Origin of escort

1570–80; < French < Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere to conduct < Vulgar Latin *excorrigere. See ex-1, correct
Related formsun·es·cort·ed, adjectivewell-es·cort·ed, adjective


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5. See accompany.
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Related Words

entourage, bodyguard, convoy, attendant, companion, protect, accompany, bring, drag, usher, carry, guide, steer, gallant, protector, retinue, cortege, consort, chaperon, beau

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  • "Your escort was accepted because you were the first to offer it," said Halbert.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Did you not insist on going home with Hester Paine, when I had offered my escort?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • My place was at Hester Paine's side, since she had accepted my escort.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • And now, may I have the honor of asking you to accept the escort of Mr. Cassidy to our gallery.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But I want to see this fight, and I won't get there if the colonel sends an escort.

British Dictionary definitions for escort


noun (ˈɛskɔːt)
  1. one or more persons, soldiers, vehicles, etc, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, restraint, or as a mark of honour
  2. a man or youth who accompanies a woman or girlhe 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
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verb (ɪsˈkɔːt)
  1. (tr) to accompany or attend as an escort
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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 escort


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.

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

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