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
  1. verb
    accompany or escort
    synonyms: see, usher
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    type of:
    go or travel along with
  2. verb
    accompany as an escort
    “She asked her older brother to escort her to the ball”
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    attend upon as a squire; serve as a squire
    escort safely
    escort in transit
    chaperon, chaperone
    accompany as a chaperone
    type of:
    go or travel along with
  3. noun
    the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
    synonyms: accompaniment
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    the act of escorting while in transit
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    the activity of protecting someone or something
  4. noun
    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
    someone (usually in totalitarian countries) who is assigned to watch over foreign visitors
    guide, usher
    someone employed to conduct others
    a female usher
    type of:
    attendant, attender, tender
    someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
  5. noun
    someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
    synonyms: bodyguard
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    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
  6. noun
    a participant in a date
    synonyms: date
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    blind date
    a participant in a blind date (someone you meet for the first time when you have a date with them)
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    associate, companion, comrade, familiar, fellow
    a friend who is frequently in the company of another
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