Simple Definition of chaplain
: 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
1 : a clergyman in charge of a chapel
2 : a clergyman officially attached to a branch of the military, to an institution, or to a family or court
3 : a person chosen to conduct religious exercises (as at a meeting of a club or society)
4 : a clergyman appointed to assist a bishop (as at a liturgical function)
Origin of chaplain
Middle English chapelein, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin cappellanus, from cappella
First Known Use: 14th century
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