- 1A person who accompanies and looks after another person or group of people.More example sentences
- After the wedding ceremony, the bride is accompanied by her chaperone, even if staying overnight with the groom's family.
- While men and women can date whomever they wish, they must be accompanied by a chaperone.
- If you have a customs inspector, make sure that person is accompanied by a chaperon while they are aboard.
- 1.1 • dated An older woman responsible for the decorous behavior of a young unmarried girl at social occasions.More example sentences
- A young girl required a chaperon - usually a parent or an older brother or uncle, to protect her honor and prevent premarital pregnancy, which could result in banishment until her marriage.
- And why might two young ladies such as yourselves be traveling without a chaperone?
- Lady Anne is forced to accompany her and play chaperone, as it is inappropriate for a young lady to be out without a chaperone.
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- Accompany and look after or supervise.More example sentences
- Ripley places the blame on the 14 months she spent filming in France and England, chaperoned by her mother but away from home and her friends at school in Dundee.
- Yet even though these women were duly chaperoned by mothers or other female relatives, critics increasingly attacked European training as a danger to American womanhood.
- I'm chaperoning my 11 year old daughter to the 2005 Children's World Summit for the Environment in Toyohashi City and Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture in Japan.
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- The idea of chaperonage makes us laugh; women are independent.
- As traditional restraints on females eased, women's clothing became less restrictive and first the bicycle and then the automobile freed young couples to escape from the rigid chaperonage of previous generations.
- But such chaperonage does not take place for Paraguayan Americans, who often meet at community Catholic Church activities or through educational pursuits.
Pronunciation: /-ˌrōnij, ˌSHapəˈrōnij/noun
late Middle English (denoting a hood or cap, regarded as giving protection): from French, feminine of chaperon 'hood', diminutive of chape (see chape). The current sense dates from the early 18th century.