The definition of a chaperone is a person who attends an event or trip to supervise others, or is an older woman who supervises a young girl in social occasions to ensure she remains moral.
An example of a chaperone is a teacher who attends a school dance in order to make sure the kids at the dance behave.
- in some cultures, an older or married woman who, as a matter of etiquette, accompanies a girl or young, unmarried woman in public
- an adult who is present at the parties, dances, etc. of young people, to supervise their behavior
Origin of chaperoneFrench ; from OFr, head covering, hood (hence, protection, protector) ; from chape: see chape
, -·oned·, -·on·ing
to act as chaperone (to)
Also sp. chap′er·on·
- A guide or companion whose purpose is to ensure propriety or restrict activity: “to see and feel the rough edges of the society &ellipsis; without the filter of official chaperones” (Philip Taubman).
- An older person who attends and supervises a social gathering for young people.
- A person, especially an older or married woman, who accompanies a young unmarried woman in public.
- Any of a diverse group of proteins that assist other proteins in intracellular folding or formation of polypeptides without becoming part of the final structure. Also called molecular chaperone.
transitive verbchap·er·oned, chap·er·on·ing, chap·er·ones or chap·er·oned or chap·er·on·ing or chap·er·ons
To act as chaperone to or for. See Synonyms at accompany.
Origin of chaperoneFrench chaperon, from chaperon, hood (since a respectable person who accompanies a young woman shields her from unwanted advances like a hood), from Old French, diminutive of chape, cape, head covering; see chape.