- 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.
- 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
- a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc
- (as modifier)an escort agency
- (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.