chaperon (plural chaperons)
- An adult who accompanies or supervises one or more young, unmarried men or women during social occasions, usually with the specific intent of preventing some types of social or sexual interactions or illegal behavior.
- A type of hood, often ornamental or official, with an attached cape and a tail, later worn as a hat with the face hole put over the top of the head instead.
- 1655, James Howell, “To the Right Honourable the Lord Mohun”, in Epistolæ Ho-Elianæ. Familiar Letters Domestic and Forren. […], volume (please specify the page), 3rd edition, London: […] Humphrey Mos[e]ley, […], OCLC 84295516:
- His head and face cover'd with a chaperon, out of which there are but two holes to look through.
- A device placed on the foreheads of horses which draw the hearse in pompous funerals.
an adult who accompanies unmarried men or women — see chaperone
to accompany, to escort
chaperon m (plural chaperons)
- “chaperon” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).