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noun chap·lain \ˈcha-plən\

: a priest or other Christian religious leader who performs religious services for a military group (such as the army) or for a prison, hospital, etc.

Full Definition of CHAPLAIN

:  a clergyman in charge of a chapel
:  a clergyman officially attached to a branch of the military, to an institution, or to a family or court
:  a person chosen to conduct religious exercises (as at a meeting of a club or society)
:  a clergyman appointed to assist a bishop (as at a liturgical function)
chap·lain·cy \-sē\ noun

Origin of CHAPLAIN

Middle English chapelein, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin cappellanus, from cappella
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with CHAPLAIN

CHAPLAINCY Defined for Kids


noun chap·lain \ˈcha-plən\

Definition of CHAPLAIN for Kids

:  a member of the clergy who performs religious services for a special group (as the army)


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