[noun es-kawrt; verb ih-skawrt]


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 formsun·es·cort·ed, adjectivewell-es·cort·ed, adjective

Synonyms for escort

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for escorted

Contemporary Examples of escorted

Historical Examples of escorted

  • Thus leaning on his uncle, he was escorted back to the hostel.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • They escorted him all the way to his eighty-thousand-dollar home.

    A Night Out

    Edward Peple

  • He seemed to have escorted the other to the spot, and then to have left him there to do the job single-handed.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Dinney and Hunkie escorted Gloria to the end of the street and back.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Whom Defarge escorted to the top of the stairs, and, leaving seated there, returned.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for escorted


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 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

verb (ɪsˈkɔːt)

(tr) to accompany or attend as an escort

Word Origin for escort

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 escorted



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.

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