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EtymologyEdit

From French chaperon (hood), from Middle French, "head covering", from Old French chape

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chaperon (plural chaperons)

  1. 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.
    • 1908, E. M. Forster, “I”, in A Room with a View:
      "I am, as it were," she concluded, "the chaperon of my young cousin, Lucy, and it would be a serious thing if I put her under an obligation to people of whom we know nothing. His manner was somewhat unfortunate. I hope I acted for the best."
  2. A hood, especially, an ornamental or official hood.
    • Howell
      His head and face covered with a chaperon, out of which there are but two holes to look through.
  3. A device placed on the foreheads of horses which draw the hearse in pompous funerals.

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chaperon (third-person singular simple present chaperons, present participle chaperoning, simple past and past participle chaperoned)

  1. to accompany, to escort
  2. to mother

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French, from chape (head covering) as the women who acted as chaperones wore head coverings. More at English cap, cape

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chaperon m (plural chaperons)

  1. chaperon

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From chape

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chaperon m (oblique plural chaperons, nominative singular chaperons, nominative plural chaperon)

  1. a hairstyle popular in the Middle Ages
  2. headscarf for a woman
  3. (falconry) hood for a bird of prey
  4. type of sailing vessel