chap-lain

chaplain

[chap-lin]
noun
1.
an ecclesiastic attached to the chapel of a royal court, college, etc., or to a military unit.
2.
a person who says the prayer, invocation, etc., for an organization or at an assembly.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English chapelain < Middle French < Late Latin cappellānus custodian of St. Martin's cloak (see chapel, -an); replacing Old English capellan < Late Latin, as above

chaplaincy, chaplainship, chaplainry, noun
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chaplain (ˈtʃæplɪn)
 
n
a Christian clergyman attached to a private chapel of a prominent person or institution or ministering to a military body, professional group, etc: a military chaplain; a prison chaplain
 
[C12: from Old French chapelain, from Late Latin cappellānus, from cappellachapel]
 
'chaplaincy
 
n
 
'chaplainship
 
n
 
'chaplainry
 
n

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chaplain
mid-14c., from O.Fr. chapelain "clergyman," from M.L. cappellanus "clergyman," originally "custodian of St. Martin's cloak" (see chapel). Replaced O.E. capellane, from the same M.L. source.
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