verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of chaperon
Synonyms for chaperon
noun, verb (used with or without object), chap·er·oned, chap·er·on·ing.
Related Words for chaperoningmatron, protector, convoy, monitor, governess, guardian, companion, guard, scout, usher, escort, overseer, safeguard, guide, duenna, protect, surveillant
Examples from the Web for chaperoning
Historical Examples of chaperoning
"Girls, do be dignified," urged Mrs. Medford, who was chaperoning them.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
Are you chaperoning your usual bevy of young ladies this year?Mal Moule
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I told him that you had invited me to go with a lady who is chaperoning a party of girls.Daddy Long-Legs
Kitty—Charley's sister, Mrs. Bleecker—did the chaperoning for us.Lady Baltimore
Miss Stuart and Miss Porter, who were chaperoning the party, sat beside the driver, where all good chaperons ought to sit.Polly's First Year at Boarding School
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."