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chaperonenoun [C]

(also chaperon) uk   /ˈʃæp.ə.rəʊn/  us   /ˈʃæp.ɚ.oʊn/
(​especially in the past) an ​olderperson, ​especially a woman, who ​stays with and ​takescare 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.
a ​femalenurse who is in the same ​room when a ​femalepatient is ​examined by a ​maledoctor, or a ​policeofficer who ​protects a ​personinjured by a ​criminal when they are in ​public
US an ​olderperson who is ​present at a ​socialevent for ​youngpeople to ​encouragecorrectbehaviour: Several ​parentsacted as chaperones for the ​schooldance.
an ​adult who ​takescare of ​childactors when they are ​working: Her ​mother and ​sisteracted as chaperones during ​filming.

chaperoneverb [T]

(also chaperon) uk   /ˈʃæp.ə.rəʊn/  us   /ˈʃæp.ɚ.oʊn/
(​especially in the past) to ​stay with and take ​care of a ​young woman who is not ​married when she is in ​public: Do you ​trust him on ​your own or do you ​want me to chaperone you?
US to be ​present as an ​adult at a ​socialevent for ​youngpeople to ​encouragecorrectbehaviour: Several ​parentsvolunteered to chaperone ​classfieldtrips.
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