French escorte, Italian scorta a guard or guide, from scorgere to perceive, discern, lead, from Latin ex out, quite + corrigere to correct, set right. See correct.



escort ‎(plural escorts)

  1. A group of people, especially armed people, who go with a person of distinction for the sake of providing safety to them when on a journey;
    The troops of my escort marched at the ordinary rate. -Burke.
  2. An accompanying person in such group
  3. A guard who travels with a dangerous person, for example a criminal, for the protection of others
  4. A group of people attending as a mark of respect or honor
  5. An accompanying person in a social gathering etc.
  6. Protection, care, or safeguard on a journey or excursion; as, to travel under the escort of a friend.
  7. A sex worker who does not operate in a brothel, but with whom clients make appointments; a call girl or male equivalent.
    • 2014, Jeffrey T. Parsons, Contemporary Research on Sex Work, page 87:
      Of the 68 women, 26 reported that they had worked on the streets and as an escort over the course of their career as a prostitute, 18 exclusively as a street prostitute, and 8 as an escort only (i.e., working for an escort service).


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escort ‎(third-person singular simple present escorts, present participle escorting, simple past and past participle escorted)

  1. To attend to in order to guard and protect; to accompany as a safeguard; to give honorable or ceremonious attendance to
    • 2009, Allen D. Grimshaw, A Social History of Racial Violence
      He reported that the police escorted the children five or six blocks beyond Natural Bridge Avenue and at that point stopped the white children who were following and shooed them back to the park.
    • 1837, Mrs Chadwick, Novels of Nature
      Lord Lyndsey, ever attentive, escorted his Lady to the carriage
  2. To go with someone as a partner, for example on a formal date.



Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.