• (America) IPA: /ˈʃæ.pəˌɹoʊn/

chaperone (plural chaperones)

  1. An older person who accompanies other younger people to ensure the propriety of their behaviour, often an older woman accompanying a young woman.
  2. (biochemistry) A protein that assists the non-covalent folding/unfolding and the assembly/disassembly of other macromolecular structures, but does not occur in these structures when the latter are performing their normal biological functions.
Translations Verb

chaperone (chaperones, present participle chaperoning; past and past participle chaperoned)

  1. To act as a chaperone.
    • 2006, The New Yorker, 17 April 2006, page 27.
      'Purcell had volunteered to chaperone a delegation of female students'

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