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ˈtʃæp lɪnchap·lain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chaplainnoun

    a clergyman ministering to some institution


  1. chaplainnoun

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

  2. Etymology: From chapelain, from cappellanus, from cappella.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chaplainnoun

    He that performs divine service in a chapel, and attends the king, or other person, for the instruction of him and his family, to read prayers, and preach. John Cowell

    Etymology: capellanus, Latin.

    Wishing me to permit
    John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice hour,
    To hear from him a matter of some moment. William Shakespeare.

    Chaplain, away! thy priesthood saves thy life. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    A chief governour can never fail of some worthless illiterate chaplain, fond of a title and precedence. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chaplainnoun

    an ecclesiastic who has a chapel, or who performs religious service in a chapel

  2. Chaplainnoun

    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. Chaplainnoun

    any person (clergyman or layman) chosen to conduct religious exercises for a society, etc.; as, a chaplain of a Masonic or a temperance lodge

  4. Etymology: [F. chapelain, fr. LL. capellanus, fr. capella. See Chapel.]


  1. Chaplain

    Traditionally, a chaplain is the minister in a specialized setting such as a priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, lay representative of a world view attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, police department, university, or private chapel. Though originally the word "chaplain" referred to representatives of the Christian faith, it is now also applied to men and women of other religions or philosophical traditions–such as in the case of the humanist chaplains serving with military forces in the Netherlands and Belgium. In recent years many lay individuals have received professional training in chaplaincy and are now appointed as chaplains in schools, hospitals, universities, prisons and elsewhere to work alongside or instead of official members of the clergy. The concept of 'generic' and/or 'multifaith' chaplaincy is also gaining increasing support, particularly within healthcare and educational settings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chaplain

    chap′lān, or chap′lin, n. a clergyman attached to a ship of war, a regiment, a public institution, or private family.—ns. Chap′laincy, Chap′lainry, Chap′lainship. [O. Fr. chapelain—Low L. capellanuscapella. See Chapel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chaplain

    The priest appointed to perform divine service on board ships in the royal navy.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. chaplain

    A clergyman with a military commission, giving him the spiritual charge of soldiers. There are 30 post and 4 regimental chaplains in the U. S. army.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chaplain in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chaplain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  1. Matt Bershadker:

    Bershadker said. A dog fostered and then adopted during COVID-19 pandemic. With regardto adoption, Bershadker noted the ASPCA saw an initial spike in adoptions in March when the pandemic began, but saw numbers slowly start to plateau or decrease due to shelter closures and the slow nature of virtual adoption as quarantine progressed. This is partly due to the fact that, out of an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 crisis across New York City, we closed the ASPCA Adoption Center to the public and worked hard to move the majority of the animals in our care into foster homes, Bershadker explained. LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAPLAIN, THERAPY DOG CARE FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC The Humane Society has experienced similar trends. Weve definitely had an increased interest in adoptions, said Christina Hill, communications director for the Humane Society. But the virtual adoption process takes much longer to complete than our standard pre-COVID process. We also stopped intake, like many shelters have, at the recommendation of national veterinary and sheltering groups, and fewer in equals fewer out. A cat currently available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society. During the week of March 7, around when the COVID-19 crisis began in the U.S., there were 17,930 pet adoptions. The week of May 2, there were 11,938 pet adoptions, showing about a 33 percent decrease in adoptions from the start of the pandemic to this month. Butthe percentage of pets entering foster care is up. There were 32,962 pets in foster care the week of March 7, and as of May 8, there were 47,856 --a 45 percent increase. PUPPIES FROM GEORGIA ANIMAL SHELTER VISIT AQUARIUM DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN Jane Chiavelli is one quarantiner who decided this was the time to foster a dog. Ive grown up with dogs, and since Im working from home right now, I wanted to do something good and different, Chiavelli said. She decided to foster her dog, Gus, at the start of April, about one month into quarantine. Jane Chiavelli and her dog, Gus, who she fostered before adopting during COVID-19 pandemic.br I sent in an application to English Springer Rescue America and had a phone interview. Normally they come to inspect your house, but given social distancing, I sent pictures of my apartment and dog park. They matched me with Gus to foster, and I drove to [South Carolina]to pick him up, Chiavelli said. After a few weeks quarantining with Gus, she knew she had to adopt. I realized how perfect he was for me and couldnt imagine giving him up, she said. CAN PETS COME DOWN WITH CORONAVIRUS? Chiavelli said, based on her experience, she encourages everyone to foster pets and consider adoption. Do it, she said. I think its a great opportunity to do something good, and also an opportunity to have some nice company. A cat adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelters across the country have implemented innovative solutions to make situations like Chiavellis possible, while ensuring the safety of their staff, animals, and communities. Many animal shelters have been leaning on technology to facilitate online adoptions to continue safely moving dogs and cats out of the shelter and into homes.

  2. George Shamblin:

    We're voting for someone to run the country, not a chaplain, there are many more evangelicals who are pro-Trump than you'd imagine.

  3. Chaplain Modder:

    The military now wants a 2.0 chaplain instead of a legacy chaplain, they want a chaplain to accommodate policy that contradicts Scripture.

  4. Nathan Raab:

    Lincoln feels a great deal of depression, and to see him being approached by this chaplain who just wanted to help, you really get the feeling of these two men side by side, working for the betterment of the country, regardless of what it meant for them.

  5. Michael Berry:

    This is not only a great day for Chaplain Modder, but for every American who supports religious freedom in our military.

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