noun, verb (used with or without object), chap·er·oned, chap·er·on·ing.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of chaperon
Synonyms for chaperon
Examples from the Web for chaperone
Contemporary Examples of chaperone
He hosted a poetry contest and a talent show, acted as a chaperone for dances, and attended football games.Tony Danza on His New Book About Teaching, ‘Who’s the Boss,’ and ‘Twilight’
September 14, 2012
She was accompanied to the interview with her new Scientology “chaperone.”Katie Holmes, 'Jack and Jill,' and Her Bizarre Career
November 10, 2011
Historical Examples of chaperone
I remarked one evening, as I chatted with Marguerite and her chaperone.City of Endless Night
Luckily it was Helen's aura, not mine, and she had to chaperone it and do the politenesses.Howards End
E. M. Forster
But when it came to the chaperone, a Mrs. Dr. Bowman, things were different.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
"Mrs. Jonas will chaperone the place as ever," replied Mr. Long.Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge
He did though, and lugged me along for a chaperone, which is some out of my line.Shorty McCabe
Word Origin for chaperon
"act as a chaperon," 1792, also chaperone, from chaperon (n.), or from French chaperonner, from chaperon (n.). Related: Chaperoned; chaperoning.
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."