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CHAPERON

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 851 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHAPERON, originally a cap or hood (Fr. chape) worn by nobles and knights of the Garter in full dress, and after the 16th century by middle-aged ladies. The modern use of the word is of a married or elderly lady (cf. " duenna ") escorting or protecting a young and unmarried girl in public places and in society.
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