Definitions

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  • n. An older person who accompanies other younger people to ensure the propriety of their behaviour, often an older woman accompanying a young woman.
  • n. A protein that assists the non-covalent folding/unfolding and the assembly/disassembly of other macromolecular structures, but does not occur in these structures when the latter are performing their normal biological functions.
  • v. to act as a chaperone

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people
  • v. accompany as a chaperone

Etymologies

See chaperon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "But really ... er ... you know a chaperone is a necessary evil," he objected.

    The Logic of Youth

  • Rebecca: The chaperone is there for both the patient and the doctor.

    Performing the Pelvic Exam

  • The presence of a chaperone was a smack in the face to the American gentleman: were they not be trusted?

    La Jeune fille à marier | Edwardian Promenade

  • Thank you for this painting in particular, where people were apparently offended that the so-called chaperone was asleep.

    Abraham Solomon - First Class

  • It will recommend easing a so-called chaperone rule requiring an overseas broker to involve a U.S. broker when soliciting U.S. investors to buy or sell securities listed overseas, a person familiar with the matter said.

    SEC to Propose Easing Curbs

  • He did though, and lugged me along for a chaperone, which is some out of my line.

    Shorty McCabe

  • The chaperone was the first to be hypnotised, and the dream, she said, was wonderful, when she came to again.

    Tales of Space and Time

  • The insistence on the second-class category for all women, the ridiculous arrangements whereby any female, including a widow is not allowed to even drive herself or evn be in the company of an unmarried man without a male family member as a chaperone is the single largest obstacle to progress in Saudi Arabia.

    A Tangled Web

  • When Bill Clinton was elected, Bob Dole, then the Senate G.O.P. leader, declared himself the "chaperone" of the new president's honeymoon.

    Stop the Presses: Republican Lawmakers Oppose Democratic President

  • Mr. Manuel was assigned to "chaperone" Mr. Zuma and other top ANC officials who had sneaked into the country ahead of planned negotiations with the apartheid government, according to a biography of Mr. Manuel.

    South Africa's Delicate Dance

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