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

Examples of chaplain in a Sentence

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The chaplain is responsible for opening the House each day with a prayer and offering counseling to lawmakers and aides on the House side of the Capitol. Fox News, "Ryan allows Rev. Patrick Conroy to keep job after House chaplain rescinds resignation," 2 Oct. 2018 Years later, the Edmonds native is a chaplain working with survivors and first responders in the aftermath of the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "From 9/11 to Edmonds child murder, Ken Gaydos was ‘always there’ to comfort victims," 10 Sep. 2018 The parade chaplain is Rev. Anne Lovejoy-Johnson of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Manchester. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Memorial Day Parade Set For Monday," 25 May 2018 Geaschel says his role as an Army chaplain was to protect the religious rights of everyone and to just be there if anyone needed me. Diane Dachota, chicagotribune.com, "Army chaplain and Lutheran minister to lead Western Springs Memorial Day parade," 15 May 2018 The chaplain is responsible for opening the House each day with a prayer and offering counseling to lawmakers and aides on the House side of the Capitol. Andrew Taylor, BostonGlobe.com, "House chaplain gets his job back," 3 May 2018 The chaplain is responsible for opening the House each day with a prayer and offering counseling to lawmakers and aides on the House side of the Capitol. CBS News, "House chaplain's firing sparks confusion, frustration," 27 Apr. 2018 The team's 98-year-old chaplain is the Ramblers biggest fan, cheering on the team one incredible win after the next. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Loyola–Chicago's Sister Jean is March Madness Merchandise Gold," 26 Mar. 2018 The 98-year-old chaplain for Loyola’s men’s basketball team is delightfully charming and perhaps good luck for the No. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Sister Jean shares how she begins her pregame prayer with Loyola's basketball team," 20 Mar. 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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