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Meaning of chaplain by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French chapelain, from Late Latin cappellanus, from cappella .


    • IPA: /tʃæp.lɪn/


    chaplain ( plural: chaplains )

    1. A member of the clergy officially assigned to an institution, group, private chapel, etc .

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Explanation of chaplain by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a clergyman ministering to some institution

    Definition of chaplain by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Chaplain 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”.