es·cort • n. / ˈesˌkôrt/ a person, vehicle, ship, or aircraft, or a group of these, accompanying another for protection, security, or as a mark of rank: a police escort. ∎ a man who accompanies a woman to a particular social event. ∎ a person, typically a woman, who may be hired to accompany someone socially: [as adj.] an escort agency. • v. / iˈskôrt/ [tr.] accompany (someone or something) somewhere, esp. for protection or security, or as a mark of rank: Shiona escorted Janice to the door.
a number of persons or a single person who accompanies another on a journey for protection, guidance, or courtesy, 1745; a body of armed men who accompany somebody or something on a journey, the troops who on ceremonial occasions escort the Queen in procession, 1579.
Example: escort of strangers, 1867.