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 chaplaincy (audio) \ noun

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The 98-year-old chaplain for the Loyola-Chicago basketball team, Jean Dolores-Schmidt has been everywhere. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Jalen Rose's 100-year-old grandma calls out Sister Jean: 'It's over'," 26 Mar. 2018 The Guardian reports that the Parisian fire brigade's chaplain, Jean-Marc Fournier, refused to remain outside the burning building, and insisted on joining in a human chain to rescue the religious relic. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How a Heroic Priest Helped Save the Crown of Thorns from the Notre-Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 The family was greeted at Christ Medical Center by a chaplain, who tried to reassure her. Peter Nickeas, chicagotribune.com, "Girl shot as she and sister flee gunfire: 'She turned around, she didn’t see Jazmyne'," 9 May 2018 Alabama’s decision to turn down Muslim Domineque Ray’s request for an imam to be at his execution, making available only a Christian chaplain. Robert Barnes, The Seattle Times, "Brett Kavanaugh pivots as Supreme Court allows one execution, stops another," 30 Mar. 2019 Now is also the opportunity to request a visit from an instructor, psychologist, or chaplain. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 This team can include specialized doctors and nurses, social workers, nutritionists, and chaplains. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Different End-of-Life Care Options to Know if You or a Loved One Is Sick," 18 Dec. 2018 The pair will offer insights into the team, staff and everyone’s favorite nonagenarian team chaplain. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Best bets at Printers Row Lit Fest," 23 May 2018 Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt stole America's hearts last month when basketball was introduced to the 98-year-old chaplain for the Loyola-Chicago men's basketball team. Jenna West, SI.com, "Sister Jean Threw Out the First Pitch at Cubs' Home Opener," 10 Apr. 2018

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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

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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