chaplain

noun
chap·​lain | \ ˈcha-plən How to pronounce chaplain (audio) \

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)

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Other Words from chaplain

chaplaincy \ ˈcha-​plən-​sē How to pronounce chaplain (audio) \ noun

Examples of chaplain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ray had objected that a Christian chaplain employed by the prison typically remained in the execution chamber during a lethal injection, but the state would not let his imam be present. Jessica Gresko, ajc, "Religion and the death penalty collide at the Supreme Court," 12 Feb. 2021 In the past, Alabama routinely brought in a Christian prison chaplain who would pray with an inmate if requested. Fox News, "Alabama execution canceled after inmate’s fight for pastor in chamber," 12 Feb. 2021 In the past, Alabama routinely brought in a prison chaplain who would pray with an inmate if requested. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama seeks to be 1st state to execute an inmate this year," 11 Feb. 2021 The team’s head coach, Jon Gruden, had an idea about luring Cunningham back — as the Raiders’ chaplain. New York Times, "Randall Cunningham Is Back in the N.F.L. … as Raiders Chaplain," 31 Dec. 2020 Rabbi Isaac Neuman, a survivor of Auschwitz, twice served as a guest chaplain. Washington Post, "Praying for the politicians: A new book recounts the history of rabbis in the Capitol," 9 Dec. 2020 Butler served as chaplain at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach for 22 years. Mort Mazor, sun-sentinel.com, "Seniors rely on each other amid COVID-19 uncertainty," 4 Dec. 2020 Coincidentally, Wattigny’s replacement as Pope John Paul II chaplain was Clark. Sara Pagones, NOLA.com, "Archbishop burns altar where Pearl River priest had group sex as attorney says it was all legal," 9 Oct. 2020 The reality of Cunningham’s first season as Raiders chaplain has been plenty different from the hands-on pastoring and locker room camaraderie that have been made impossible this season because of the N.F.L.’s Covid-19 protocol. New York Times, "Randall Cunningham Is Back in the N.F.L. … as Raiders Chaplain," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of chaplain

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chaplain

Middle English chapelein, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin cappellanus, from cappella

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“Chaplain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaplain. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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chaplain

noun

English Language Learners 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.

chaplain

noun
chap·​lain | \ ˈcha-plən How to pronounce chaplain (audio) \

Kids Definition of chaplain

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

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