chaperon

or chap·er·one

[ shap-uh-rohn ]
/ ˈʃæp əˌroʊn /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to attend or accompany as chaperon.

verb (used without object)

to act as chaperon.

Origin of chaperon

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French: hood, cowl, equivalent to chape cape1 + -eron noun suffix; figurative sense < French (18th century)

Related forms

chap·er·on·age [shap-uh-roh-nij] /ˈʃæp əˌroʊ nɪdʒ/, nounchap·er·on·less, adjective
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chaperon

chaperone

/ (ˈʃæpəˌrəʊn) /

noun

(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

verb

to act as a chaperon to

Derived Forms

chaperonage (ˈʃæpərənɪdʒ), noun

Word Origin for chaperon

C14: from Old French, from chape hood, protective covering; see cap
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