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Chap"er*on (?), n. [F. chaperon. See Chape, Cape, Cap.]


A hood; especially, an ornamental or an official hood.

His head and face covered with a chaperon, out of which there are but two holes to look through. Howell.


A divice placed on the foreheads of horses which draw the hearse in pompous funerals.


A matron who accompanies a young lady in public, for propriety, or as a guide and protector.


© Webster 1913.

Chap"er*on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chaperoned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Chaperoning.] [Cf. F. chaperonner, fr. chaperon.]

To attend in public places as a guide and protector; to matronize.

Fortunately Lady Bell Finley, whom I had promised to chaperon, sent to excuse herself. Hannah More.


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