High school dances always have at least one chaperone to keep an eye on things. A chaperone is someone who looks after and supervises another person or a group of people.

Chaperone can also be spelled chaperon, without the e. It originally meant a woman whose duty was to accompany a younger woman and make sure she wasn't harmed and didn't get into trouble, especially when she was with a man. These days, chaperone is most often used to describe an adult who supervises a group of kids or teenagers. The Old English meaning was "protective hood or head covering," and today the word chaperone retains that "protective" quality.

Definitions of chaperone

n one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people

den mother
a woman who supervises a den of Cub Scouts
a woman chaperon
a woman employed as a chaperon in a residence for young people
Type of:
defender, guardian, protector, shielder
a person who cares for persons or property

v accompany as a chaperone

Type of:
accompany as an escort

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