General English

  • noun a person or group of people accompanying someone
  • noun a person who accompanies someone else to a social event


  • noun a person, vehicle or aircraft or ship which accompanies an individual or group in order to protect them
  • verb to act as an escort


  • noun somebody who accompanies another person

Origin & History of “escort”

The notion underlying escort is of ‘guidance’, of ‘showing the right path’. The word comes via French from Italian scorta ‘guide’, a noun use of the past participle of scorgere ‘show, guide’. this in turn came from vulgar Latin *excorrigere, a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and Latin corrigere ‘put right’ (source of English correct).