Definition of escort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeskɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeskɔːrt//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a person or group of people or vehicles that travels with somebody/something in order to protect or guard them Armed escorts are provided for visiting heads of state. Prisoners are taken to court under police escort. The convoy had an escort of ten destroyers. Bomber planes were sent out with fighter escorts. See related entries: Driving
  2. 2[countable] (formal or old-fashioned) a person, especially a man, who takes somebody to a particular social event In my day, young women were not allowed out without a suitable escort.
  3. 3[countable] a person, especially a woman, who is paid to go out socially with somebody an escort service/agency
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally denoting a body of armed men escorting travellers): 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’ (from cor- ‘together’ + regere ‘guide’).Extra examples Get your planes ready for escort duties. She had a police escort to the hospital. The army provided a small armed escort for the delegation. The opposition leader was arrested and taken to the capital under escort. The referee needed a police escort as he left the stadium. They left with a small escort. an escort for the Queen’s car an escort of ten soldiers
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