chaplain

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noun chap·lain \ˈcha-plən\

Definition of chaplain

  1. 1 :  a clergyman in charge of a chapel

  2. 2 :  a clergyman officially attached to a branch of the military, to an institution, or to a family or court

  3. 3 :  a person chosen to conduct religious exercises (as at a meeting of a club or society)

  4. 4 :  a clergyman appointed to assist a bishop (as at a liturgical function)

chaplaincy

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Origin and Etymology of chaplain

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


CHAPLAIN Defined for English Language Learners

chaplain

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noun chap·lain \ˈcha-plən\

Definition of chaplain for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

chaplain

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noun chap·lain \ˈcha-plən\

Definition of chaplain for Students

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



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