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chaperone1 or chaperon (ˈʃæpərəʊn)



  1. (esp formerly) an older or married woman who accompanies or supervises a young woman   ⇒ Lucia had brought an aged relative with her as her chaperone.   ⇒ Debutantes were brought straight back to their chaperones after a dance.
  2. someone who accompanies and supervises a person or group, especially of young people, in public places   ⇒ a five-day excursion with 148 students and 24 chaperones from Mountain Brook High School   ⇒ It's unusual to see an industry spokesperson without a PR chaperone.   ⇒ She is a chaperone from MI6, on hand to ensure Bond does not gamble all the money away.

chaperone2 or chaperon (ˈʃæpərəʊn)


transitive verb

  1. to act as a chaperon to sb   ⇒ We were chaperoned by our aunt.   ⇒ My maid Lizzie is chaperoning me, but I've bribed her with two shillings.
  2. to escort and look after someone   ⇒ Thawley was chaperoning John Howard around Washington when terrorists struck on 9/11.   ⇒ People from the Tourism Commission chaperone VIP guests.   ⇒ The company directors and their husbands are chaperoning the young performers.

chaperon or chaperone (ˈʃæpəˌrəʊn Pronunciation for )



  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 Pronunciation for chaperonage  noun

Word Origin

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

Example Sentences Including 'chaperone'

He needed a chaperone , or she might end up inventing all manner of overheated nonsense.
His dating configuration incorporates a more patrician version of the entourage; he prefers the term " chaperone.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Life for the Delhi bjp -- and, in fact, for Delhi -- will be that much more harsh without the Central chaperone.
India Today (1998)
Neither she nor Edward could act as chaperone for the three long weeks of the Christmas holidays.
Fraser, Anthea The Gospel Makers
She played the nicely connected heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, on holiday in Italy with Maggie Smith as her chaperone.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The formerly raucous Russell also kept away from the grog and became chaperone to one of the film's child actors.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Whenever I got work, my mother had to take time off her work to chaperone me.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
`Besides, after what happened once when you were alone with a young boy... I would have to spend all my time acting as chaperone and... `
Andrews, Virginia Web of Dreams
`The Lady needs a chaperone , otherwise it wouldn't look right.
Tracy Chevalier THE LADY AND THE UNICORN (2003)


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