chap·​er·​one | \ ˈsha-pə-ˌrōn How to pronounce chaperone (audio) \
variants: or less commonly chaperon

Definition of chaperone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person (such as a matron) who for propriety (see propriety sense 2) 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 I was a chaperone on one of my son's class trips.
3 : any of a class of proteins (such as heat-shock proteins) that facilitate the proper folding of proteins by binding to and stabilizing unfolded or partially folded proteins

called also molecular chaperone


variants: or less commonly chaperon
chaperoned; chaperoning

Definition of chaperone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : escort
2 : to act as chaperone to or for chaperone a dance chaperoning teenagers

intransitive verb

: to act as a chaperone Two parents chaperoned at the school dance.

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chaperonage \ ˈsha-​pə-​ˌrō-​nij How to pronounce chaperone (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of chaperone in a Sentence

Noun I was a chaperone on one of my son's school trips. Verb Two parents chaperoned the children. My mom always chaperoned the school dances.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Investigators believe the shooting happened during a supervised visit with the children and the fourth victim was their chaperone, Jones said. Kathleen Ronayne And Christopher Weber, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar. 2022 Since the reinstatement of Taliban rule in 2021, women and girls over the age of 12 have been banned from schools, required to travel outside the home with a male chaperone, and restricted from visiting parks with men. Olivia Peluso, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Players had to come with a chaperone, which in most cases was a parent, and a coach, giving IMG the chance to build relationships.. New York Times, 1 May 2022 The exclusivity of requiring a chaperon who had herself been presented meant that some girls with great wealth but more modest family backgrounds would hire a professional chaperone to shepherd them through the season. Julia Kelly, Town & Country, 2 Apr. 2022 Rod Grassman told CBS Sacramento the other person killed was a chaperone of the children and was with them for a supervised visit with their father, who was the subject off a restraining order by his estranged wife. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2022 Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said investigators believe the shooting happened during a supervised visit with the children, and a fourth victim, an adult, was the chaperone. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 The other victim is believed to have been the chaperone. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2022 Women are no longer allowed to travel more than 45 kilometers without a male chaperone. Liz Elting, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The field trip has happened for a decade, but went largely unnoticed until this week, when Leonardi posted photos on social media saying she was honored to chaperone it. Scott Travis,, 29 Oct. 2021 Some people would rather chaperone the Zombie Prom than ask for a bump in pay. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, 26 Oct. 2019 Attendees must be 22 or younger, although parents may chaperone their teens. Web Behrens,, 14 Oct. 2019 King was prepared to chaperone the trip and carry her daughter the whole way, but someone reached out with a suggestion. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 24 Sep. 2019 Students came to us and asked us to chaperone them to Europe for six weeks., 20 July 2019 Fleury Drive resident Cameron Drew expressed concerns about how well Black might be able to chaperone a group of teenagers. Annie Gentile,, 19 July 2019 Tena’s older sister, who lives near Sacramento, would drive two-and-a-half hours south to Salinas to pick her up, take her to the meetings, then chaperone her home again—eight hours of driving each time. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, 23 May 2018 Through this program, volunteers can chaperone a trip and lead a small group of students through exhibits. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, 2 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of chaperone


1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1802, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chaperone

Noun and Verb

French chaperon, literally, hood, from Middle French, head covering, from chape

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variants: or chaperon \ ˈsha-​pə-​ˌrōn \

Kids Definition of chaperone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who goes with and is responsible for a group of young people


variants: or chaperon
chaperoned; chaperoning

Kids Definition of chaperone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go with and supervise a group of young people : act as a chaperone Several parents chaperoned the school dance.


chap·​er·​one | \ ˈshap-ə-ˌrōn How to pronounce chaperone (audio) \
variants: or chaperone protein

Medical Definition of chaperone

: any of a class of proteins (such as heat shock proteins and chaperonins) that facilitate the proper folding of proteins by binding to and stabilizing unfolded or partially folded proteins As the proteins are produced, molecules called chaperones fold them into the three-dimensional form they are supposed to take. — Andres M. Lozano et al., Scientific American,

called also molecular chaperone

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