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1chaperone

noun chap·er·one \ˈsha-pə-ˌrōn\

: someone (such as a teacher or parent) who goes with children on a trip or to a school dance to make sure that the children behave properly

: a person in the past who went with a young unmarried woman to social events in order to make sure that the woman behaved properly

Full Definition of CHAPERONE

1
:  a person (as a matron) who for propriety accompanies one or more young unmarried women in public or in mixed company
2
:  an older person who accompanies young people at a social gathering to ensure proper behavior; broadly :  one delegated to ensure proper behavior
3
:  any of a class of proteins that facilitate the proper folding of proteins by binding to and stabilizing unfolded or partially folded proteins —called also molecular chaperone

Variants of CHAPERONE

chap·er·one or chap·er·on \ˈsha-pə-ˌrōn\

Examples of CHAPERONE

  1. I was a chaperone on one of my son's school trips.

Origin of CHAPERONE

French chaperon, literally, hood, from Middle French, head covering, from chape
First Known Use: 1720

2chaperone

verb

: to be a chaperone to or for (someone or something)

chaperonedchaperon·ing

Full Definition of CHAPERONE

transitive verb
1
:  escort
2
:  to act as chaperone to or for <chaperone a dance> <chaperoning teenagers>
intransitive verb
:  to act as a chaperone
chap·er·on·age \-ˌrō-nij\ noun

Variants of CHAPERONE

chaperone or chaperon

Examples of CHAPERONE

  1. Two parents chaperoned the children.
  2. My mom always chaperoned the school dances.

First Known Use of CHAPERONE

1796

chaperone

noun chap·er·one \ˈshap-ə-ˌrōn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHAPERONE

:  any of a class of proteins (as heat shock proteins) that facilitate the proper folding of proteins by binding to and stabilizing unfolded or partially folded proteins—called also chaperone protein, molecular chaperone

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