Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A guide or companion whose purpose is to ensure propriety or restrict activity.
  • noun An older person who attends and supervises a social gathering for young people.
  • noun A person, especially an older or married woman, who accompanies a young unmarried woman in public.
  • noun Any of a diverse group of proteins that assist other proteins in intracellular folding or formation of polypeptides without becoming part of the final structure.
  • transitive verb To act as chaperone to or for. synonym: accompany.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An older person who accompanies other younger people to ensure the propriety of their behaviour, often an older woman accompanying a young woman.
  • noun biology 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.
  • verb to act as a chaperone

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  • noun one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people
  • verb accompany as a chaperone

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French chaperon, from chaperon, hood (since a respectable person who accompanies a young woman shields her from unwanted advances like a hood), from Old French, diminutive of chape, cape, head covering; see chape.]

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See chaperon.

Examples

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

    Chapter 13

  • "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?

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  • 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

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

    Adventure

  • 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

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