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

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Berea Veterans Outreach Coordinator Willie Springer, who also serves as chaplain for the units’ biennial reunions, spent 14 months as a Jungle Eater. Beth Mlady,, "Vietnam War ‘Jungle Eaters’ find strength, healing at veterans’ reunion in Berea," 17 Aug. 2019 Since the Texans hired Easterby, the former Patriots character coach and Chiefs team chaplain has become more and more influential within the organization. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Cal McNair: Texans now 'a flatter organization'," 22 July 2019 Leading players in prayer from her wheelchair as chaplain for the No. Sarah Pulliam Bailey,, "Cute mascot? Beloved grandmother? Sister Jean reveals deeper stereotypes about nuns.," 31 Mar. 2018 Leading players in prayer from her wheelchair as chaplain for the No. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "Cute mascot? Beloved grandmother? Sister Jean reveals deeper stereotypes about nuns.," 31 Mar. 2018 The one that has 98-year-old team chaplain Sister Jean, whose bobbleheads were selling on eBay for $53 on Thursday afternoon and will conduct a news conference of her own on Friday. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "'Two little kids' from Overland Park epitomize charm and resolve of Loyola-Chicago | The Kansas City Star," 29 Mar. 2018 Following that death, Monahan took to Twitter in what has now become a somber recurrence, sharing phone numbers for officer helplines and department chaplains. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, "Sister of NYPD officer dead by suicide says the department took her brother's guns away, then gave them back," 18 Aug. 2019 Drago accompanied kids and adults into counseling sessions, and spent time with children who were doing crafts and activities while their parents were busy with chaplains and psychologists. Hilary Shenfeld,, "Empathetic Funeral Home Dog Becomes Millionth 'Canine Good Citizen'," 15 Aug. 2019 Dayhoff serves as a fire and police chaplain for the Westminster Fire Department and the Maryland Troopers Association Carroll County Lodge #20; and serves on the Westminster Common Council as a councilmember. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Westminster Police Department, with 200 years of history, adds six new officers," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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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.


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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