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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: escorte, from Italian scorgere 'to guide', from Latin corrigere; CORRECT1

escort

2 noun
     
Related topics: Occupations
es‧cort2 [countable]
1 a person or a group of people or vehicles that go with someone in order to protect or guard them:
under escort
He was driven away to prison under armed escort (=protected or guarded by an escort).
2 someone who goes with someone to a formal social event
3BO someone who is paid to go out with someone socially:
an escort agency
4 American English a prostitute, especially one who goes to social events or on trips with the person who pays them

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