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chaperon

or chaperone

[shap-uh-rohn] /ˈʃæp əˌroʊn/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any adult present in order to maintain order or propriety at an activity of young people, as at a school dance.
3.
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to attend or accompany as chaperon.
verb (used without object)
5.
to act as chaperon.
Origin of chaperon
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French: hood, cowl, equivalent to chape cape1 + -eron noun suffix; figurative sense < French (18th century)
Related forms
chaperonage
[shap-uh-roh-nij] /ˈʃæp əˌroʊ nɪdʒ/ (Show IPA),
noun
chaperonless, adjective
Synonyms
1, 4. escort.

chaperone

[shap-uh-rohn] /ˈʃæp əˌroʊn/
noun, verb (used with or without object), chaperoned, chaperoning.
1.
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Examples from the Web for chaperoning
Historical Examples
  • Are you chaperoning your usual bevy of young ladies this year?

    Mal Moule Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Kitty—Charley's sister, Mrs. Bleecker—did the chaperoning for us.

    Lady Baltimore Owen Wister
  • Mr. Dale mentioned it when he was discussing the question of my chaperoning them this winter.

    Those Dale Girls Frank Weston Carruth
  • Miss Stuart and Miss Porter, who were chaperoning the party, sat beside the driver, where all good chaperons ought to sit.

  • This is where the grandmothers hold sway, chaperoning their young charges, who must never be long out of their sight.

    Old Indian Days [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • Girls don't want any chaperoning nowadays, boys are much more defenceless.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • "Girls, do be dignified," urged Mrs. Medford, who was chaperoning them.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • As Mary regarded this large and impossible dbutante the mere suggestion of chaperoning him appalled her.

    Good References E. J. Rath
  • My honors are going to be plain home-craftmaking pies and chaperoning ice-chests and massaging floors, and so forth.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • She was chaperoning some of the younger girls in town one day, when she met him on the street.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for chaperoning

chaperon

/ˈʃæpəˌrəʊn/
noun
1.
(esp formerly) an older or married woman who accompanies or supervises a young unmarried woman on social occasions
2.
someone who accompanies and supervises a group, esp of young people, usually when in public places
verb
3.
to act as a chaperon to
Derived Forms
chaperonage (ˈʃæpərənɪdʒ) noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from chape hood, protective covering; see cap
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Word Origin and History for chaperoning

chaperon

n.

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."

v.

"act as a chaperon," 1792, also chaperone, from chaperon (n.), or from French chaperonner, from chaperon (n.). Related: Chaperoned; chaperoning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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