- (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
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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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