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.

verb (used with object)

  1. to attend or accompany as an 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

verb (ɪsˈkɔːt)

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


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

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