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)
chaplaincyplay \-sē\ noun
Recent Examples of chaplain from the Web
Guillen asked for the hospital chaplain, squeezed the dying man's hand hoping for a response, and whispered in his ear in Spanish.
Chaplains helped to accommodate his religious dietary needs by getting him extra portions of eggs and fish for protein.
So when a Stateville chaplain appealed to DBOM and other local charities in late 2016 for donations of career clothes, Denwood eagerly jumped on board.
Joshua Salaam, the ADAMS Center's chaplain, told a press conference Tuesday that the mosque has faith in the police investigation.
The groom’s father retired as a Realtor and is chaplain of the Illinois chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
An American airman, Mitchell was a chaplain’s assistant who frequently brought clothes and supplies to the orphanage.
As founder and chief executive officer of the Peace Institute, Ms. Chéry – a chaplain who goes by Tina – has received widespread recognition for her work.
The Sheriff's Office chaplain was on scene speaking to another woman, possibly the dead man's mother, who at one point had to be restrained from running to the body.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
CHAPLAIN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of chaplain for Students
: a member of the clergy who performs religious services for a special group (as the army)
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