She was accompanied to the interview with her new Scientology “chaperone.”
He hosted a poetry contest and a talent show, acted as a chaperone for dances, and attended football games.
They should not be able to say I could not chaperone myself in any situation.
I remarked one evening, as I chatted with Marguerite and her chaperone.
As it had not, she expressed herself ready to chaperone anybody.
Luckily it was Helen's aura, not mine, and she had to chaperone it and do the politenesses.
And don't forget to send 'The chaperone' home by Mr. Edwards to-morrow night.
But when it came to the chaperone, a Mrs. Dr. Bowman, things were different.
A round of blue paper under our chaperone's arm caught the eye of Mr. Dod.
He did though, and lugged me along for a chaperone, which is some out of my line.
1720, "woman accompanying a younger, unmarried lady in public," from French chaperon "protector," especially "female companion to a young woman," earlier "head covering, hood" (c.1400), from Old French chaperon "hood, cowl" (12c.), diminutive of chape "cape" (see cap (n.)). "... English writers often erroneously spell it chaperone, app. under the supposition that it requires a fem. termination" [OED]. The notion is of "covering" the socially vulnerable one.
"May I ask what is a chaperon?"The word had been used in Middle English in the literal sense "hooded cloak."
"A married lady; without whom no unmarried one can be seen in public. If the damsel be five and forty, she cannot appear without the matron; and if the matron be fifteen, it will do."
[Catharine Hutton, "The Welsh Mountaineer," London, 1817]
"act as a chaperon," 1792, also chaperone, from chaperon (n.), or from French chaperonner, from chaperon (n.). Related: Chaperoned; chaperoning.