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
intransitive verb-·oned·, -·on·ing
- A guide or companion whose purpose is to ensure propriety or restrict activity: “to see and feel the rough edges of the society … 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 macromolecules, such as proteins and nucleic acids, to assemble and fold into the proper three-dimensional structure as they are being synthesized. Also called molecular chaperone .
transitive verbchaper·oned, chaper·on·ing, chaper·ones
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 .