• Noun:
    • (GA) IPA: /ˈɛs.kɔɹt/
    • (RP) IPA: /ˈɛs.kɔːt/
  • Verb:
    • (GA) IPA: /ɪsˈkɔɹt/
    • (RP) IPA: /ɪsˈkɔːt/

escort (plural escorts)

  1. A group of people or vehicles, generally armed, who go with a person or people of importance to safeguard them on a journey or mission.
    • 1898, Arnold Henry Savage Landor, In the Forbidden Land Chapter LXXXIII
      The soldier who was pulling at the other end was clumsily unhorsed, and I myself was all but thrown by the unexpected jerk. This ludicrous incident at first provoked mirth among my escort, a mirth which their superstitious minds immediately turned into an ill omen.
    • 1883, Ambrose Bierce, George Thurston
      Whole squadrons of cavalry escort had sometimes to be sent thundering against a powerful infantry outpost in order that the brief time between the charge and the inevitable retreat might be utilized in sounding a ford or determining the point of intersection of two roads.
  2. An accompanying person in such a group.
  3. A guard who travels with a dangerous person, such as 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.
  7. (somewhat euphemistic) A sex worker who does not operate in a brothel, but with whom clients make appointments; a call girl or male equivalent.
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  • Russian: сопровожде́ние
  • (GA) IPA: /ɛˈskɔɹt/, /ɪˈskɔɹt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɛˈskɔːt/, /ɪˈskɔːt/

escort (escorts, present participle escorting; past and past participle escorted)

  1. To attend to in order to guard and protect; to accompany as a safeguard (for the person escorted or for others); 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.
  2. To accompany (a person) in order to compel them to go somewhere (e.g. to leave a building).
    • At this point, the Tenant became extremely angry.... the Tenant started yelling even louder and charged at me. The Tenant was restrained by the security guard and escorted out of the hearing room. The Tenant was ultimately escorted out of the Board’s office because he continued his yelling and aggressive behaviour in the hallway and at the customer service desk.
    • 2018, TST-00493-18 (Re) ↗, Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (Anna Solomon, member)
  3. To go with someone as a partner, for example on a formal date.
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