Definition of chaperone in English:


(also chaperon)


  • 1A person who accompanies and looks after another person or group of people.

    • ‘Parents cannot be expected to act as 24-hours-a-day chaperones.’
    • ‘Gala committee member Glynn Beresford said he had been unable to find a chaperone and an assistant to take on the important roles.’
    • ‘Travel Choice said in a statement: ‘At the time of booking our staff followed the correct procedure and made a note on the system requesting a chaperone for the flight.’’
    • ‘The Tyneside study indicates that patients want to be offered a chaperone, so general practitioners may be responding to societal demand. 4 Merely offering a chaperone does not protect either the patient or the doctor.’
    • ‘The 48 finalists will arrive along with 15 other people including national coaches and chaperones in June next year.’
    • ‘He had already been ‘strongly’ advised by managers at the private Mid-Yorkshire Nuffield Hospital in Leeds to use chaperones following two separate complaints in 1998.’
    • ‘A total of 457 respondents had a policy on the use of chaperones.’
    • ‘Some work team chaperones will argue they can't push people that far out of their comfort zones.’
    • ‘If you have a customs inspector, make sure that person is accompanied by a chaperon while they are aboard.’
    • ‘While men and women can date whomever they wish, they must be accompanied by a chaperone.’
    • ‘Though he was considered a chaperone to the young prince, Rupert did not particularly enjoy that bland label.’
    • ‘Very often I have a sort of a chaperone or an escort from the army's PR office, or a spokesman's office, to make sure that the officers I interview or the soldiers I interview don't say anything that they don't want them to say.’
    • ‘Parents and other chaperones are welcome to attend workshops as well as join the girls at the theater.’
    • ‘You can also request to have a chaperone (an additional medical person such as a nurse, or a friend or family member) to stay with you during examinations.’
    • ‘The jury heard that when Vinall practised at Glebe House, Headingley, in the early 1990s no chaperones were provided for his patients.’
    • ‘Without police chaperones, organizers were worried for participants' safety.’
    • ‘After the wedding ceremony, the bride is accompanied by her chaperone, even if staying overnight with the groom's family.’
    • ‘The friendship of players, managers, chaperones and people in general will always be a highlight of my playing days.’
    • ‘Of particular significance was that no chaperone was present - the ultimate safeguard for both patients and doctors.’
    • ‘In fact, he offered to act as chaperone while we stay in the area.’
    companion, duenna, protectress, escort, governess, nursemaid, carer, keeper, protector, bodyguard, minder
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    1. 1.1dated An older woman responsible for the decorous behaviour of a young unmarried girl at social occasions.
      ‘chaperones sat at the edge of the dance, gossiping and watching’
      • ‘And I feel like a wrinkled, ugly chaperone sitting here on the sidelines.’
      • ‘And why might two young ladies such as yourselves be traveling without a chaperone?’
      • ‘A young girl required a chaperon - usually a parent or an older brother or uncle, to protect her honor and prevent premarital pregnancy, which could result in banishment until her marriage.’
      • ‘Lady Anne is forced to accompany her and play chaperone, as it is inappropriate for a young lady to be out without a chaperone.’
      attendant, aide, helper, assistant, personal assistant, valet, equerry, squire, lady in waiting
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[with object]
  • Accompany and look after or supervise.

    ‘she chaperoned the children at all times’
    • ‘She was picked up by a minicab for modelling jobs, chaperoned by her agent and taken straight back to her parents' home afterwards.’
    • ‘In rural areas overseas, girls are always chaperoned, whereas here teenage girls are allowed to go out to dinners and clubs.’
    • ‘After appealing to the High Court he was allowed to continue on the condition he was chaperoned by a female nurse.’
    • ‘The authority said none of these practices prevailed today, and patients were chaperoned for physical examinations.’
    • ‘We wanted to find out what type of man would be chaperoning our children.’
    • ‘Ripley places the blame on the 14 months she spent filming in France and England, chaperoned by her mother but away from home and her friends at school in Dundee.’
    • ‘In our three previous meetings since Cole burst on to the Premiership scene at 17, he was chaperoned by his father, agent, solicitor or any combination of all three.’
    • ‘The lucky 50 will be chaperoned by six teachers who also deserve tickets for their hard work.’
    • ‘He's climbed Everest ten times, in good weather and bad, from the north and from the south, by himself and chaperoning clients.’
    • ‘The world No.1 apparently was chaperoned by no fewer than 16 minders during the week.’
    • ‘Yet even though these women were duly chaperoned by mothers or other female relatives, critics increasingly attacked European training as a danger to American womanhood.’
    • ‘Oh, and I'm chaperoning a school trip today, one that would have been ten times more fun had it been sunny.’
    • ‘Several outraged parents chaperoned their children to Poppleton Road School today after seeing the report.’
    • ‘All patients undergoing physical examinations were now chaperoned.’
    • ‘Once Batty and Ursula arrived in Dublin, they were coached and chaperoned by Team Ireland officials.’
    • ‘Even the teachers chaperoning the event looked bored.’
    • ‘I'm chaperoning my 11 year old daughter to the 2005 Children's World Summit for the Environment in Toyohashi City and Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture in Japan.’
    • ‘We would, in effect, be chaperoning each other.’
    • ‘She's living down at Winchester now, close to the cathedral, one of the most respectable ladies there - chaperones girls at the county ball, if you please.’
    • ‘The performers will be chaperoned by security staff at all times and they will work for 20 minute periods at a time.’
    accompany, escort, attend, shepherd, watch over, take care of, keep an eye on, protect, defend, guard, safeguard, shield, keep from harm, mind, screen, shelter, mother, nursemaid, nanny
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Late Middle English (denoting a hood or cap, regarded as giving protection): from French, feminine of chaperon ‘hood’, diminutive of chape (see chape). The current sense dates from the early 18th century.