Definition of escort in US English:



Pronunciation /ˈɛsˌkɔrt//ˈesˌkôrt/
  • 1A person, vehicle, or group accompanying another for protection or as a mark of rank.

    ‘a police escort’
    ‘he was driven away under armed escort’
    • ‘With two campaign buses and three press buses, accompanied by motorcycle escorts and vehicles full of secret service snipers, there is an enormous sense of occasion.’
    • ‘The trio are believed to have crossed the border into nearby Venezuela as soon as they shook off a heavy police escort that protected them on the journey from prison to the outskirts of Bogota.’
    • ‘A Mexican border town in the grip of a drug war plans to tempt tourists back with free bus tours, complete with armed police escorts.’
    • ‘The Defense Protective Service provided escorts and oversaw the moving of all classified material.’
    • ‘He left the village under police escort.’
    • ‘Leon thinks companies should never let visitors in without escorts and should issue badges that clearly show someone is an outsider.’
    • ‘The U.N. has ceased reconstruction work in much of the south, and requires its staff to travel there only in convoys with armed escorts.’
    • ‘To a cheer from the crowd who had stood in the drizzle awaiting the Royals, the Queen, wearing deep purple, and Prince Philip, in morning suit, arrived with an escort of police outriders.’
    • ‘My wife and I were driven from Baghdad Airport under escort.’
    • ‘Security was tight yesterday, with armed escorts for both buses.’
    • ‘It said a group quickly gathered to block the vehicle, and military escorts present did little to intervene.’
    • ‘All the injured were taken to York District Hospital by four ambulances with police motorbike escorts.’
    • ‘And - astonishingly - no armed escort or air protection was to be provided, the family members said.’
    • ‘Police said they also had reports of looting of relief convoys and offered armed escorts to anyone who requested it.’
    • ‘He was given a heavily armed police escort to the court for the second time to face a charge of making explosives with intent.’
    • ‘It was less than a half an hour later when the ambulance and an escort of two police cars took Sara and her newest daughter to the hospital.’
    • ‘So with 2 players in each car we were given an armed escort (one military police jeep at the front of the convoy and one at the back) straight to the hotel.’
    • ‘The roads weren't safe - every supply convoy needed an armed escort.’
    • ‘The three men were accompanied by a doctor and put under escort by police during the flight back to Britain, their lawyers said.’
    • ‘To my consternation, the Prime Minister's police escort was clearing all vehicles off the bus route so that the PM's entourage could speed down the middle of the road.’
    guard, bodyguard, protector, safeguard, defender, minder, custodian
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    1. 1.1 A man who accompanies a woman to a particular social event.
      ‘Louise and her escort were given the best table’
      • ‘Marcus became my escort throughout the entire event.’
      • ‘With him was a girl, apparently his date, and Hayley with her own escort.’
      • ‘This time I was to be her date, her escort, her guest of honor.’
      • ‘Next, my two bridesmaids and their escorts went down the aisle.’
      companion, partner, beau, attendant
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    2. 1.2 A person who may be hired to accompany someone to a social event.
      as modifier ‘an escort agency’
      • ‘Students at Oxford and Cambridge are being recruited for a web-based escort agency, which will begin business by the end of this term.’
      • ‘I can't vouch for the male escort agencies because I have never used them or visited them.’
      • ‘Once, at a co-worker's wedding, he had paid handsomely for a female escort to accompany him as his date.’
      • ‘In it she plays Kat, a woman who discovers that the best man at her sister's wedding is an old boyfriend and, rather than arrive without a man, hires a male escort to be her date.’
      • ‘To keep the family off his back, Rahul hires an escort to pose as his new-found fiancée.’
      • ‘Now she runs an escort agency bringing men and women together.’
      • ‘She has claimed in court that she was running a legitimate escort agency, and has refused to reveal the names of her celebrity clients.’
      • ‘She hires a male escort named Nick to pose as her new fiancé and she savours the moment when she can show him off to her former one.’
      • ‘It later emerged that she had also been working as an escort, accompanying wealthy businessmen on dinner dates.’
      • ‘A student who offered herself as an escort on an Oxford-based website was taken on a date by an undercover journalist.’
      • ‘Scotland has a growing market for professional male escorts, however uncultured types need not apply.’
      • ‘He suggested that he would interview clients by telephone in advance and advise escorts to keep a mobile telephone on during their dates.’
      • ‘A rival escort agency tries to steal the talent.’
      paid companion, hostess
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    3. 1.3euphemistic A prostitute.
      • ‘This publication is just ads for local prostitutes, escorts, adult filmmakers and so on.’
      • ‘In many part so the world escort agencies are illegal so they will market themselves under the guise of massage parlors or the like.’
      • ‘He told the jury that Lamb had not worked as an escort for very long.’
      • ‘Flora Richards, an independent escort working out of Durham, ran an escort agency for two years, for which she could have been arrested.’
      • ‘Hi, my name is Charlene and I was just reading the classifieds in the back of the paper and I noticed that many prostitutes and escorts have the same name as me.’
      • ‘I guess that I still feel some disgust with the men who purchase sex, even though some of my male friends have hired escorts.’
      • ‘These escort agencies minimise the risk of prosecution by basing themselves online.’
      • ‘He was running an escort agency as an economic sideline, and he seemed to be looking for women who understood what they were getting into.’
      • ‘Then there are the high-class prostitutes who can work from home or work as escorts; they charge higher fees and can live a lavish lifestyle.’


[with object]
Pronunciation /iˈskôrt//ɪˈskɔrt/
  • Accompany (someone or something) somewhere, especially for protection or security, or as a mark of rank.

    ‘Shiona escorted Janice to the door’
    ‘the shipment was escorted by armed patrol boats’
    • ‘He was escorting us to a briefing room and mentioned that he used to be on an aircraft carrier.’
    • ‘This can be anything from escorting a child to the toilet, tending to them if they are taken ill, or working with groups of pupils at breaks or lunchtime.’
    • ‘Soldiers escorting the truck returned fire, killing the assailants, the army said.’
    • ‘One day he would be keeping the thugs in order on a football special; the next he might be escorting a member of the royal family from the royal train.’
    • ‘Barlow was doing his duty by escorting him from the premises and he had certainly not kicked or stamped on the victim, he said.’
    • ‘More recently, he was involved in escorting workers for reconstruction projects in Basra province.’
    • ‘He was escorted by armed guard to and from the plane at Barcelona airport.’
    • ‘Furthermore, last Saturday I was escorting a client who needed to be driven to town for shopping.’
    • ‘Yet one of them was escorted under guard to Paris where he was freed, and not re-arrested by the French.’
    • ‘As the guards were escorting him from the station he refused to leave.’
    • ‘Security personnel escorting the buses retaliated and prevented any civilian casualties.’
    • ‘She was escorting him out of his cell towards the phone when he attacked her.’
    • ‘In August 1940, the German bombers and escorting fighters outnumbered the defenders by about three to one.’
    • ‘They were escorted by armed guards, but so many of them escaped that only half at most actually reached the site.’
    • ‘It turned out we weren't leaving yet, because Mom was just escorting a family friend out.’
    • ‘Upon arrival at the airport, the group is escorted directly onto the airstrip in order to avoid the crowds.’
    • ‘He said it wasn't unusual that Stewart had three officers escorting him.’
    • ‘One of the highlights of his career was escorting the Queen and Prince Philip around the factory on a visit to York.’
    • ‘While they are both involved in court security duties, neither has since been involved in escorting prisoners.’
    • ‘A male colleague and I were given the task of escorting him on a home visit, though only told of the risks upon return.’
    conduct, accompany, guide, convoy, lead, usher, shepherd, take, direct, steer
    accompany, partner, take, bring, come with, go with, take out, go out with
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Late 16th century (originally denoting a body of armed men escorting travelers): from French escorte (noun), escorter (verb), from Italian scorta, feminine past participle of scorgere ‘to conduct, guide’, based on Latin ex- ‘out of’ + corrigere ‘set right’ (see correct).