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



BrE BrE//ˈtʃæplɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæplɪn//
Religious people
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a priest or other Christian minister who is responsible for the religious needs of people in a prison, hospital, etc. or in the armed forces compare padre, priest See related entries: Religious people Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chapelain, from medieval Latin cappellanus, originally denoting a custodian of the cloak of St Martin, from cappella, originally ‘little cloak’, diminutive of cappa ‘cap or cape’.
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