Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “chaperone”


noun [C] (also chaperon)     /ˈʃæp.ə.rəʊn/ US  /-ɚ.oʊn/
(especially in the past) an older person, especially a woman, who goes with and takes care of a younger woman who is not married when she is in public: humorous She asked me to go to the cinema with her and Andrew, I think as a sort of chaperone.Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues a female nurse who is in the same room when a female patient is examined by a male doctor, or a police officer who protects a person injured by a criminal when they are in publicDoctors and health workers generallyPeople who work for the police service US an older person who is present at a social event for young people to encourage correct behaviour: Several parents acted as chaperones for the school disco.Supporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believers
(Definition of chaperone noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of chaperone

More definitions for “chaperone”

Definitions of “chaperone” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More