[ chap-lin ]
/ ˈtʃæp lɪn /
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an ecclesiastic attached to the chapel of a royal court, college, etc., or to a military unit.
a person who says the prayer, invocation, etc., for an organization or at an assembly.



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Origin of chaplain

before 1100; Middle English chapelain<Middle French <Late Latin cappellānus custodian of St. Martin's cloak (see chapel, -an); replacing Old English capellan<Late Latin, as above
chap·lain·cy, chap·lain·ship, chap·lain·ry, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chaplain

/ (ˈtʃæplɪn) /


a Christian clergyman attached to a private chapel of a prominent person or institution or ministering to a military body, professional group, etca military chaplain; a prison chaplain
chaplaincy, chaplainship or chaplainry, noun
C12: from Old French chapelain, from Late Latin cappellānus, from cappella chapel
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