Definition of chaperone in English:


(also chaperon)


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

    • ‘Parents and other chaperones are welcome to attend workshops as well as join the girls at the theater.’
    • ‘A total of 457 respondents had a policy on the use of chaperones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Parents cannot be expected to act as 24-hours-a-day chaperones.’
    • ‘While men and women can date whomever they wish, they must be accompanied by a chaperone.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Though he was considered a chaperone to the young prince, Rupert did not particularly enjoy that bland label.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you have a customs inspector, make sure that person is accompanied by a chaperon while they are aboard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 48 finalists will arrive along with 15 other people including national coaches and chaperones in June next year.’
    • ‘The friendship of players, managers, chaperones and people in general will always be a highlight of my playing days.’
    • ‘Some work team chaperones will argue they can't push people that far out of their comfort zones.’
    • ‘The jury heard that when Vinall practised at Glebe House, Headingley, in the early 1990s no chaperones were provided for his patients.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Without police chaperones, organizers were worried for participants' safety.’
    • ‘Gala committee member Glynn Beresford said he had been unable to find a chaperone and an assistant to take on the important roles.’
    • ‘After the wedding ceremony, the bride is accompanied by her chaperone, even if staying overnight with the groom's family.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And I feel like a wrinkled, ugly chaperone sitting here on the sidelines.’
      • ‘Lady Anne is forced to accompany her and play chaperone, as it is inappropriate for a young lady to be out without a chaperone.’
      • ‘And why might two young ladies such as yourselves be traveling 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’
    • ‘We wanted to find out what type of man would be chaperoning our children.’
    • ‘The world No.1 apparently was chaperoned by no fewer than 16 minders during the week.’
    • ‘We would, in effect, be chaperoning each other.’
    • ‘The lucky 50 will be chaperoned by six teachers who also deserve tickets for their hard work.’
    • ‘After appealing to the High Court he was allowed to continue on the condition he was chaperoned by a female nurse.’
    • ‘All patients undergoing physical examinations were now chaperoned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's climbed Everest ten times, in good weather and bad, from the north and from the south, by himself and chaperoning clients.’
    • ‘The performers will be chaperoned by security staff at all times and they will work for 20 minute periods at a time.’
    • ‘The authority said none of these practices prevailed today, and patients were chaperoned for physical examinations.’
    • ‘She was picked up by a minicab for modelling jobs, chaperoned by her agent and taken straight back to her parents' home afterwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once Batty and Ursula arrived in Dublin, they were coached and chaperoned by Team Ireland officials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In rural areas overseas, girls are always chaperoned, whereas here teenage girls are allowed to go out to dinners and clubs.’
    • ‘Even the teachers chaperoning the event looked bored.’
    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.