chaplain

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Borrowed from Old French chapelain, from Medieval Latin, Late Latin cappellānus, from cappella. Doublet of capelin.

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chaplain (plural chaplains)

  1. A member of a religious body (often, but not always, of the clergy) officially assigned to give pastoral care at an institution, group, private chapel, etc.
  2. A person without religious affiliation who carries out similar duties in a secular context.

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