Es"cort (?), n. [F. escorte, It.
scorta a guard or guide, fr. scorgere to perceive,
discern, lead, fr. L. ex out, quite + corrigere to
correct, set right. See Correct.] 1. A
body of armed men to attend a person of distinction for the sake of
affording safety when on a journey; one who conducts some one as an
attendant; a guard, as of prisoners on a march; also, a body of
persons, attending as a mark of respect or honor; -- applied to
movements on land, as convoy is to movements at sea.
The troops of my escort marched at the ordinary
2. Protection, care, or safeguard on a
journey or excursion; as, to travel under the escort of a
Es*cort" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Escorted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Escorting.] [Cf. F. escorter, It. scortare. See
Escort, n.] To attend with a view to
guard and protect; to accompany as safeguard; to give honorable or
ceremonious attendance to; -- used esp. with reference to journeys or
excursions on land; as, to escort a public functionary, or a
lady; to escort a baggage wagon.
Syn. -- To accompany; attend. See Accompany.