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chaperone

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noun chap·er·one \ ˈsha-pə-ˌrōn \
variants: or less commonly chaperon

Definition of chaperone

1 :a person (such as a matron) who for propriety (see propriety 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

Examples of chaperone in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of chaperone from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of chaperone

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


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chaperone

verb
variants: or less commonly chaperon

Definition of chaperone

chaperoned; chaperoning
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.

chaperonage

play \-ˌrō-nij\ noun

Examples of chaperone in a Sentence

  1. Two parents chaperoned the children.

  2. My mom always chaperoned the school dances.

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Origin and Etymology of chaperone

chaperone Synonyms

Synonyms
attend, accompany (or chaperon), companion, company, convoy, escort, see, squire
Related Words
walk; associate, consort, pal (around), team (up); defend, guard, protect; bring, conduct, guide, lead, pilot, steer, usher; follow, shadow, tag, tag along, tail; hang (around), hover (over)
Near Antonyms
abandon, desert, ditch, dump, forsake

CHAPERONE Defined for English Language Learners

chaperone

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noun

Definition of chaperone for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of chaperone for English Language Learners

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


CHAPERONE Defined for Kids

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chaperone

noun chap·er·one
variants: or chaperon \ˈsha-pə-ˌrōn\

Definition of chaperone for Students

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

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chaperone

verb
variants: or chaperon

Definition of chaperone for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

chaperone

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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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