chaperon

or chap·er·one

[shap-uh-rohn]

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.

Nearby words

  1. chapel,
  2. chapel de fer,
  3. chapel hill,
  4. chapel of ease,
  5. chapelry,
  6. chaperone,
  7. chapess,
  8. chapfallen,
  9. chapiter,
  10. chaplain

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

chaperone

[shap-uh-rohn]

noun, verb (used with or without object), chap·er·oned, chap·er·on·ing.

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chaperon

chaperone

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 Formschaperonage (ˈʃæpərənɪdʒ), noun

Word Origin for chaperon

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

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