Definition of chaperone noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    chaperone

     noun
    (also chaperon)noun
    BrE BrE//ˈʃæpərəʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæpəroʊn//
     
    Raising children
     
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  1. 1(in the past) an older woman who, on social occasions, took care of a young woman who was not married
  2. 2a person who takes care of children in public, especially when they are working, for example as actors See related entries: Raising children
  3. 3(North American English) a person, such as a parent or a teacher, who goes with a group of young people on a trip or to a dance to encourage good behaviour
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a hood or cap, regarded as giving protection): from French, feminine of chaperon ‘hood’, diminutive of chape, from late Latin cappa ‘cap’. The current sense dates from the early 18th cent.
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