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  • (archaic) an adult who accompanies or supervises one or more young, unmarried men or women during social occasions, usually with the specific intent of preventing inappropriate social or sexual interactions
  • to accompany, to escort
  • to mother
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

CHAPERON. The cicisbeo, or gentleman usher to a lady;
from the French.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

Chap"er*on (?), n. [F. chaperon. See Chape, Cape, Cap.] 1. A hood; especially, an ornamental or an official hood.

His head and face covered with a chaperon, out of which there are but two holes to look through.

2. A device placed on the foreheads of horses which draw the hearse in pompous funerals.

3. A matron who accompanies a young lady in public, for propriety, or as a guide and protector.

Chap"er*on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chaperoned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Chaperoning.] [Cf. F. chaperonner, fr. chaperon.] To attend in public places as a guide and protector; to matronize.

Fortunately Lady Bell Finley, whom I had promised to chaperon, sent to excuse herself.
Hannah More.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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