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.
v accompany as an escort
n an attendant who is employed to accompany someone
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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
someone employed to conduct others
a female usher
n someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
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