chaperon

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.
  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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Verb[edit]

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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

chaperon m (plural chaperons)

  1. chaperon

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From chape

Noun[edit]

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