- an ecclesiastic attached to the chapel of a royal court, college, etc., or to a military unit.
- a person who says the prayer, invocation, etc., for an organization or at an assembly.
Origin of chaplain
Examples from the Web for chaplain
He hoped also to be a chaplain through his local church, and he was nearing the end of his formal training.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
A PAPD chaplain said a prayer and the three honor guards folded the three flags as they would at a triple burial.A Final Burial at Ground Zero
May 10, 2014
At a meeting, a chaplain said “Morale seems to be up… at least for those headed home.”How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan
May 1, 2014
Both advised they did not require the services of a chaplain.The Teen Love Letters that Led to a Tragic Murder-Suicide in Florida
March 30, 2014
Today, he continues to serve as chaplain affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.States Seek to Turn Back Clock on Military Gay Couples With Marriage Rights
November 28, 2013
When he was not studying, he was botanizing or mineralogizing with O'Toole's chaplain.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The chaplain was a little distance away from the two Superiors.My Double Life
Green was at the time illustrating Besant's "Chaplain of the Fleet."The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Her father had been the only son of Parson Quayle, and chaplain to the bishop at Bishopscourt.
The chaplain of Martha's Vineyard had not been to the hospital ball.
- a Christian clergyman attached to a private chapel of a prominent person or institution or ministering to a military body, professional group, etca military chaplain; a prison chaplain
Word Origin and History for chaplain
mid-14c., "minister of a chapel," from Old French chapelein "clergyman" (Modern French chapelain), from Medieval Latin cappellanus "clergyman," originally "custodian of St. Martin's cloak" (see chapel). Replaced Old English capellane (from the same Medieval Latin source) "clergyman who conducts private religious services," originally in great households, later in military regiments, prisons, etc.