Etymology
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escort (n.)

1570s, in military sense, "an armed guard," later generally, "a protecting, guiding, or honorary guard; protection or safeguard on a journey or excursion," from French escorte (16c.), from Italian scorta, literally "a guiding," from scorgere "to guide," from Vulgar Latin *excorrigere, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + Latin corrigere "set right" (see correct (v.)). The sense of "person accompanying another to a social occasion" is 1936; as a person hired by a client for sexual services by 1974.

escort (v.)

1708, originally military, "attend and guard on a journey or voyage; convoy as a guard, protector, or guide," from escort (n.), or from French escorter; social sense is from 1890. Related: Escorted; escorting.

updated on July 27, 2022

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Definitions of escort from WordNet
1
escort (n.)
someone who escorts and protects a prominent person;
Synonyms: bodyguard
escort (n.)
the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them;
Synonyms: accompaniment
escort (n.)
an attendant who is employed to accompany someone;
escort (n.)
a participant in a date;
Synonyms: date
2
escort (v.)
accompany as an escort;
She asked her older brother to escort her to the ball
escort (v.)
accompany or escort;
Synonyms: see
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