chaperon: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (shap'u-rōn"), [key]
- a person, usually a married or older woman, who, for propriety, accompanies a young unmarried woman in public or who attends a party of young unmarried men and women.
- any adult present in order to maintain order or propriety at an activity of young people, as at a school dance.
- a round headdress of stuffed cloth with wide cloth streamers that fall from the crown or are draped around it, worn in the 15th century.
- to attend or accompany as chaperon.
- to act as chaperon.
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