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chaperone

[shap-uh-rohn] /ˈʃæp əˌroʊn/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), chaperoned, chaperoning.
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  • What failed here is a school-board policy allowing an unpaid, undisciplined parent to chaperone.
  • Send the student home, even if this means sending a chaperone home with them.
  • The only problem is that each had their mom next to them as a chaperone.
  • On one occasion, he becomes an unsuspecting chaperone.
  • Scores of parents showed up at the marriage banquet to chaperone their grown children.
  • Fisher is still the chaperone of those five unforgettable freshmen.
British Dictionary definitions for chaperone

chaperon

/ˈʃæpəˌrəʊn/
noun
1.
(esp formerly) an older or married woman who accompanies or supervises a young unmarried woman on social occasions
2.
someone who accompanies and supervises a group, esp of young people, usually when in public places
verb
3.
to act as a chaperon to
Derived Forms
chaperonage (ˈʃæpərənɪdʒ) noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from chape hood, protective covering; see cap
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