verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of chaperon
Synonyms for chaperon
Examples from the Web for chaperon
Historical Examples of chaperon
To her the thought of his engagement was as good or as bad as a chaperon.The Incomplete Amorist
Besides, there was something of the chaperon about that collar.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
It's quite fairly respectable to dine without a chaperon—since the war.The Education of Eric Lane
“I could arrange a little dinner and ask some one to chaperon,” he suggested.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
You can take my place as Bettina's chaperon, and Delia will take care of the house.Glory of Youth
Word Origin for chaperon
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."
"act as a chaperon," 1792, also chaperone, from chaperon (n.), or from French chaperonner, from chaperon (n.). Related: Chaperoned; chaperoning.