Definition of chaplain in English:


Line breaks: chap|lain
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃaplɪn


  • A member of the clergy attached to a private chapel, institution, ship, regiment, etc.: a prison chaplain
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    • Prison chaplains reflect the same wide variety of theological beliefs as religious leaders on the other side of the bars.
    • He also was meeting Evangelical chaplains, who seemed to possess something that he lacked.
    • Each morning we got together to hear God's Word preached by the chaplain.



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  • The parish is the historic home of the Catholic chaplaincy at Harvard.
  • Social ministry organizations, schools, colleges and chaplaincies to work together to advance the gospel and the common good.
  • The book is a good introduction to the history and basic challenges of military chaplaincy.


Middle English: from Old French chapelain, from medieval Latin cappellanus, originally denoting a custodian of the cloak of St Martin, from cappella, originally 'little cloak' (see chapel).

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