a. One or more persons accompanying another to guide, protect, or show honor.
b. A man who is the companion of a woman, especially on a social occasion.
c. A person, often a prostitute, who is hired to spend time with another as a companion.
a. One or more vehicles accompanying another vehicle to guide, protect, or honor its passengers.
b. One or more warships or planes used to defend or protect other craft from enemy attack.
3. The act of accompanying a person, conveyance, or group as an escort: jets flying in escort alongside the president's airplane.
tr.v. (ĭ-skôrt, ĕ-skôrt, ĕskôrt′) es·cort·ed, es·cort·ing, es·corts
To accompany or guide, especially as an escort: The usher escorted me to the front row. See Synonyms at accompany.
[French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere, to guide, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigere : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin corrigere, to set right; see CORRECT.]
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