- a person, usually a married or older woman, who, for propriety, accompanies a young unmarried woman in public or who attends a party of young unmarried men and women.
- any adult present in order to maintain order or propriety at an activity of young people, as at a school dance.
- a round headdress of stuffed cloth with wide cloth streamers that fall from the crown or are draped around it, worn in the 15th century.
- to attend or accompany as chaperon.
- to act as chaperon.
Origin of chaperon
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Examples from the Web for chaperoned
As Mr. Jacobs points out, underage models should be chaperoned and offered protections.Supermodels’ Anita Hill Problem
March 28, 2014
A receipt was given for the whole squad to the brigadier who chaperoned us.Captain Canot
I am weary of being educated and leading-stringed and chaperoned.Patsy
S. R. Crockett
To be chaperoned, guided, protg'd by a woman like Sophie Carey!Find the Woman
Arthur Somers Roche
The family went to church as usual, chaperoned by Miss Phebus.Johnny Ludlow. First Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
She may be courted and she need not be chaperoned, nor yet forced to accept.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2)
Eliza Lynn Linton
- (esp formerly) an older or married woman who accompanies or supervises a young unmarried woman on social occasions
- someone who accompanies and supervises a group, esp of young people, usually when in public places
- to act as a chaperon to
Word Origin and History for chaperoned
"act as a chaperon," 1792, also chaperone, from chaperon (n.), or from French chaperonner, from chaperon (n.). Related: Chaperoned; chaperoning.
1720, "woman accompanying a younger, unmarried lady in public," from French chaperon "protector," especially "female companion to a young woman," earlier "head covering, hood" (c.1400), from Old French chaperon "hood, cowl" (12c.), diminutive of chape "cape" (see cap (n.)). "... English writers often erroneously spell it chaperone, app. under the supposition that it requires a fem. termination" [OED]. The notion is of "covering" the socially vulnerable one.
"May I ask what is a chaperon?"
"A married lady; without whom no unmarried one can be seen in public. If the damsel be five and forty, she cannot appear without the matron; and if the matron be fifteen, it will do."
[Catharine Hutton, "The Welsh Mountaineer," London, 1817]
The word had been used in Middle English in the literal sense "hooded cloak."