chaperone

noun
chap·​er·​one | \ˈsha-pə-ˌrōn \
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 4) 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

chaperone

verb
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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Other Words from chaperone

Verb

chaperonage \-​ˌrō-​nij \ noun

Synonyms for chaperone

Synonyms: Verb

accompany, attend, companion, company, convoy, escort, see, squire

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tuesday’s lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, claims medical chaperones, nurses, administrators and doctors had been aware of Dr. Hadden’s abuse since the 1990s. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Women Sue Columbia University, Alleging School Failed to Protect Them From Abusive Doctor," 4 Dec. 2018 And then the nurse chaperone who came into the exam room with me left, without worrying about her role or my safety. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Inside the USC Sexual Abuse Scandal: Three Women Tell Their Stories," 26 Oct. 2018 But the scene happened anyway: Onlookers surrounded the girls, trying to take photographs, and their chaperones returned them to the White House in defeat. Jodi Kantor, Redbook, "Why You Don't Want to Be First Mom," 21 Dec. 2011 Students and staff members, including chaperones, reportedly filed complaints about the doctor over the course of many years. Jessica Ravitz, CNN, "Did witnesses fail USC women in care of 'predator' gynecologist?," 25 May 2018 New York State Police confirmed in a press release that a Journey Bus Line carrying 44 people — 38 students ranging from 16 to 18 years of age, and five chaperones, as well as the driver — was involved in an accident on Sunday night. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Several Injured After Bus Carrying Students Hits Long Island Overpass, Ripping Off Its Roof," 9 Apr. 2018 The 38 students from various Long Island high schools, along with five chaperones, had just returned from John F. Kennedy International Airport and were heading to a shopping mall to meet up with parents, police said. CBS News, "Dozens of students hurt when bus roof sheared off in overpass crash," 9 Apr. 2018 The bus, carrying 38 high school students aged 16 to 18 and five adult chaperones, was traveling from John F. Kennedy International Airport as the students returned from traveling in Europe over spring break, according to CBS. Flora Carr, Time, "Dozens Are Injured After a Bus Full of High Schoolers Coming Back From Spring Break Hit an Overpass," 9 Apr. 2018 But what about those nurses and medical assistants who reportedly served as chaperones and their responsibility? Jessica Ravitz, CNN, "Did witnesses fail USC women in care of 'predator' gynecologist?," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls," 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, "Give back this week with Supplies for Dreams," 2 Aug. 2017 Being asked to chaperone a field trip that requires riding the school bus. Tiffany Blackstone, Redbook, "7 Times Parents Wish They Could Say, "LOL, Nope!"," 4 June 2015 Jackson walks to the front of the school where, some parents are checking in at the office to chaperone a field trip to the zoo. Beth Kassab, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Active shooter drills, pie-in-the-face all part of life as school resource officer," 16 Mar. 2018 Their parents, who are simply too overwhelmed and impoverished themselves, cannot chaperone them. Washington Post, "For Rohingya Muslim child refugees, too many losses to count," 21 Sep. 2017 Troop 939 leader Siobahn Hickey, of Lake Forest, will help chaperone the group of sixth- to 10th- graders. Nathan Percy, Orange County Register, "These Orange County kids say why they’re going to Trump’s inauguration," 19 Jan. 2017 Hughes told FP Santangelo, a 27-year-old outfielder, to watch after Brady and chaperone him for the day, because the Expos wanted to sign this guy. Tim Rohan, The MMQB, "That Time a 17-Year-Old Tom Brady Borrowed Ken Griffey Jr.’s Jersey," 10 July 2017 TMZ reports that the Toronto rapper flew in to chaperone his second cousin Jalaah Moore and her date to the dance at Fairley High School, making a stylish entrance by ordering them a white Rolls Royce. Peter Helman, Billboard, "Drake Crashed a Prom in Memphis," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of chaperone

Noun

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chaperone

Noun

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

Verb

see chaperone entry 1

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chaperone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chaperone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

chaperone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chaperone (Entry 2 of 2)

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

chaperone

noun
chap·​er·​one
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

chaperone

verb
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.

chaperone

noun
chap·​er·​one | \ˈshap-ə-ˌrōn \
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,, July 2005

called also molecular chaperone

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