Dating is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in an intimate relationship. It is a form of courtship , consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others. The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time. While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other. With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person. Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
A chaperone also spelled chaperon in its original social usage was a person who for propriety's sake accompanied an unmarried girl in public: usually she was an older married woman, and most commonly the girl's own mother. In modern social usage, a chaperon frequent in British spelling or chaperone usual in American spelling is a responsible adult who accompanies and supervises young people. By extension, the word chaperone is used in clinical contexts. The word derives figuratively from the French word chaperon originally from the Late Latin cappa , meaning "cape" which referred to a hood that was worn by individuals generally. An alternative explanation comes from the sport of falconry , where the word meant the hood placed over the head of a bird of prey to stop its desire to fly. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the noun in its figurative sense of escort of females is attested from , and the verb 'to chaperon' from