Are you chaperoning your usual bevy of young ladies this year?
Kitty—Charley's sister, Mrs. Bleecker—did the chaperoning for us.
Mr. Dale mentioned it when he was discussing the question of my chaperoning them this winter.
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.
Girls don't want any chaperoning nowadays, boys are much more defenceless.
"Girls, do be dignified," urged Mrs. Medford, who was chaperoning them.
As Mary regarded this large and impossible dbutante the mere suggestion of chaperoning him appalled her.
My honors are going to be plain home-craftmaking pies and chaperoning ice-chests and massaging floors, and so forth.
She was chaperoning some of the younger girls in town one day, when she met him on the street.
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?"The word had been used in Middle English in the literal sense "hooded cloak."
"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]
"act as a chaperon," 1792, also chaperone, from chaperon (n.), or from French chaperonner, from chaperon (n.). Related: Chaperoned; chaperoning.