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chaperon or chaperone (ˈʃæpəˌrəʊn )



  1. (esp formerly) an older or married woman who accompanies or supervises a young unmarried woman on social occasions
  2. someone who accompanies and supervises a group, esp of young people, usually when in public places



  1. to act as a chaperon to

Derived Forms

chaperonage (ˈʃæpərənɪdʒ   noun

Word Origin

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

Example Sentences Including 'chaperon'

He's a sort of big Emily was always there... a chaperon , wasn't she?
Holt, Victoria The Road to Paradise Island
As I tried to justify the unjustifiable I told myself that since I had Martin for a chaperon nothing could possibly go wrong.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
I'm working with my mother to persuade her that I'm an adequate chaperon for my sister.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War


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