escort

When you go somewhere, whether it's for fun or business, it's always nice to have an escort — someone to go along with you. Some escorts are there to protect you, some just to share a good time.

The word escort can be a noun or a verb — "your escort escorts you." This word is derived from the Latin excorrigere, "to set out," and moved through the Italian scorgere, meaning "to guide." In the 1570s it took on a military tone as escorte, used to describe armed protectors for travelers. In the 19th century it came to mean "accompanying a person on social occasions," although we still refer to military escorts today.

DEFINITIONS OF: escort

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v accompany or escort

Synonyms:
see
Type of:
accompany
go or travel along with

v accompany as an escort

“She asked her older brother to escort her to the ball”
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squire
attend upon as a squire; serve as a squire
safeguard
escort safely
convoy
escort in transit
chaperon, chaperone
accompany as a chaperone
Type of:
accompany
go or travel along with

n the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them

Synonyms:
accompaniment
Types:
convoy
the act of escorting while in transit
Type of:
protection
the activity of protecting someone or something

n an attendant who is employed to accompany someone

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color guard
a ceremonial escort for the (regimental) colors
guard of honor, honor guard
an escort for a distinguished guest or for the casket at a military funeral
minder
someone (usually in totalitarian countries) who is assigned to watch over foreign visitors
guide, usher
someone employed to conduct others
usherette
a female usher
Type of:
attendant, attender, tender
someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

n someone who escorts and protects a prominent person

Synonyms:
bodyguard
Types:
outrider
an escort who rides ahead (as a member of the vanguard)
Praetorian, Praetorian Guard
a member of the Praetorian Guard
beefeater, yeoman, yeoman of the guard
officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch
Type of:
defender, guardian, protector, shielder
a person who cares for persons or property

n a participant in a date

Synonyms:
date
Types:
blind date
a participant in a blind date (someone you meet for the first time when you have a date with them)
Type of:
associate, companion, comrade, familiar, fellow
a friend who is frequently in the company of another

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accompany
1 escort
n
going along with someone or something for protection
2 escort
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