noun, verb (used with or without object), chap·er·oned, chap·er·on·ing.
- chapel de fer,
- chapel hill,
- chapel of ease,
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of chaperon
Examples from the Web for 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’|Ramin Setoodeh|September 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She was accompanied to the interview with her new Scientology “chaperone.”Katie Holmes, 'Jack and Jill,' and Her Bizarre Career|Nicole LaPorte|November 10, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But I just said that Jeanette, our maid, was chaperone enough, and so we came.The Eight-Oared Victors|Lester Chadwick
So why can't we four—and a chaperone, if we think we need one—go for a tour, the same as when we walked—only this time we'll ride?The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car|Laura Lee Hope
At last the hampers and the people reached the beach in safety; and now began the difficulties of the chaperone.The Cruise of the Frolic|W.H.G. Kingston
“And I will offer myself as chaperone,” hastily added Mrs. Fabian.Polly's Business Venture|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
I don't think we ought to strangle watchmen at dead of night unless we have a chaperone, do you girls?The Revolt|Ellis Parker Butler
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."