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



BrE BrE//ˈkɒnvɔɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnvɔɪ//
Types of boats and ships
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  • a group of vehicles or ships travelling together, especially when soldiers or other vehicles travel with them for protection a convoy of trucks/lorries/freighters A United Nations aid convoy loaded with food and medicine finally got through to the besieged town. See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  • Word Originlate Middle English (originally Scots, as a verb in the senses ‘convey’, ‘conduct’, and ‘act as escort’): from French convoyer, from medieval Latin conviare, from con- ‘together’ + Latin via ‘way’.Extra examples The ships sailed in convoy. The trucks were driving in convoy. a large convoy of lorries carrying medical supplies the next aid convoy to the war-torn region the proposal to send 500 armed soldiers to escort food convoys I overtook a convoy of trucks. Journalists travelled with the convoy. One ship in the convoy struck an iceberg. Rebels blocked the passage of a military convoy. The UN aid convoy finally got through with supplies of food. They drove in convoy in case one of the cars broke down.Idioms (of travelling vehicles) as a group; together We drove in convoy because I didn't know the route. See related entries: Types of boats and ships
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