I. noun or chaperon Etymology: French chaperon, literally, hood, from Middle French, head covering, from chape Date: 1720 1. a person (as a matron) who for propriety accompanies one or more young unmarried women in public or in mixed company 2. an older person who accompanies young people at a social gathering to ensure proper behavior; broadly one delegated to ensure proper behavior 3. any of a class of proteins that facilitate the proper folding of proteins by binding to and stabilizing unfolded or partially folded proteins — called also molecular chaperone II. verb or chaperon (-oned; -oning) Date: 1796 transitive verb 1. escort 2. to act as chaperone to or for <
chaperone a dance
chaperoning teenagers
intransitive verb to act as a chaperone • chaperonage noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • chaperone — meaning ‘someone who accompanies a young unmarried woman’, is the recommended spelling, not chaperon. It is pronounced shap ǝ rohn …   Modern English usage

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  • Chaperone — Chaperonin Klasse I aus Escherichia coli in Auf und Seitenansicht. Chaperone (engl. Anstandsdamen) sind Proteine, die neu synthetisierten Proteinen „helfen“, sich korrekt zu falten. Die Bezeichnung wurde gewählt, „da sie unreife Proteine vor… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chaperone — I chaperone UK [ˈʃæpərəʊn] / US [ˈʃæpəˌroʊn] or chaperon UK / US noun [countable] Word forms chaperone : singular chaperone plural chaperones 1) in the past, an older woman who went with a young woman who was not married to a social event to make …   English dictionary

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