Chaperon to Chard

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

1. 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.

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

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

(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.

(Chap"er*on`age) n. Attendance of a chaperon on a lady in public; protection afforded by a chaperon.

(Chap"fall`en) a. Having the lower chap or jaw drooping, — an indication of humiliation and dejection; crestfallen; discouraged. See Chopfallen.

(Chap"i*ter) n. [OF. chapitel, F. chapiteau, from L. capitellum, dim. of caput head. Cf. Capital, Chapter.]

1. (Arch.) A capital [Obs.] See Chapital. Ex. xxxvi. 38.

2. (Old Eng. Law) A summary in writing of such matters as are to be inquired of or presented before justices in eyre, or justices of assize, or of the peace, in their sessions; — also called articles. Jacob.

(Chap"lain) n. [F. chapelain, fr. LL. capellanus, fr. capella. See Chapel.]

1. An ecclesiastic who has a chapel, or who performs religious service in a chapel.

2. A clergyman who is officially attached to the army or navy, to some public institution, or to a family or court, for the purpose of performing divine service.

3. Any person (clergyman or layman) chosen to conduct religious exercises for a society, etc.; as, a chaplain of a Masonic or a temperance lodge.

(Chap"lain*cy) n.; pl. Chaplaincies The office, position, or station of a chaplain. Swift.

(Chap"lain*ship), n.

1. The office or business of a chaplain.

The Bethesda of some knight's chaplainship.

2. The possession or revenue of a chapel. Johnson.

(Chap"less) a. Having no lower jaw; hence, fleshless. [R.] "Yellow, chapless skulls." Shak.

(Chap"let) n. [F. chapelet, dim. of OF. chapel hat, garland, dim. fr. LL. cappa. See Cap, and cf. Chapelet, Chapeau.]

1. A garland or wreath to be worn on the head.

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