[ noun es-kawrt; verb ih-skawrt ]
See synonyms for: escortescortedescorting on

  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.

  1. a man or boy who accompanies a woman or girl in public, as to a social event.

  2. a person, especially a woman (female escort ), but sometimes a man (male escort ), who is paid to go on a date with a client, and usually to engage in sex acts for money.

  3. protection, safeguard, or guidance on a journey: to travel without escort.

verb (used with object)
  1. to attend or accompany as an escort.

Origin of escort

First recorded in 1570–80; from French, from Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere “to conduct, guide,” from Vulgar Latin excorrigere (unrecorded); see ex-1, correct

synonym study For escort

6. See accompany.

Other words for escort

Other words from escort

  • un·es·cort·ed, adjective
  • well-es·cort·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use escort in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for escort


  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 girl: he was her escort for the evening

    • a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc

    • (as modifier): an escort agency

  1. (tr) to accompany or attend as an escort

Origin of escort

C16: from French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Latin corrigere to straighten; see correct

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