an ecclesiastic attached to the chapel of a royal court, college, etc., or to a military unit.
a person who says the prayer, invocation, etc., for an organization or at an assembly.
a Christian clergyman attached to a private chapel of a prominent person or institution or ministering to a military body, professional group, etc: a military chaplain, a prison chaplain
mid-14c., “minister of a chapel,” from Old French chapelein “clergyman” (Modern French chapelain), from Medieval Latin cappellanus “clergyman,” originally “custodian of St. Martin’s cloak” (see chapel). Replaced Old English capellane (from the same Medieval Latin source) “clergyman who conducts private religious services,” originally in great households, later in military regiments, prisons, etc.
- Chaource cheese
noun a rich French cow’s milk cheese similar to Camembert Word Origin from Chaource, France in the Champagne region Usage Note cooking
completely confused or disordered: a chaotic mass of books and papers. adj. 1713, “in a state of primordial chaos,” irregularly formed in English from chaos + -ic, probably on model of eros/erotic, demos/demotic, hypnos/hypnotic, etc. Transferred or figurative meaning “confused, disordered” is from 1747.
characteristic of or resembling the comedy or filmmaking style of Charlie Chaplin. adj. 1921, from Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British-born silent movie star. The surname is attested from c.1200, from Old French chapelain “priest.”
- Chapman stick
noun an electronically amplified musical instrument with ten or twelve strings and a fretted neck, which is played by striking the strings against the frets with the fingers Often shortened to Stick