noun \ˈcher\

: a seat for one person that has a back and usually four legs

: the person who is the leader of a department at a college or university

: the person who is the leader of a meeting, organization, committee, or event

Full Definition of CHAIR

a :  a seat typically having four legs and a back for one person
b :  electric chair —used with the
a :  an official seat or a seat of authority, state, or dignity
b :  an office or position of authority or dignity
c :  professorship <holds a university chair>
d :  chairman 1
:  a sedan chair
:  a position of employment usually of one occupying a chair or desk; specifically :  the position of a player in an orchestra or band
:  any of various devices that hold up or support

Examples of CHAIR

  1. a chair by the window
  2. We'll need a table and four chairs for the dining room.
  3. He is now chair of the English department.
  4. She's chair of the school board this year.
  5. Address any questions to the committee chair.
  6. a murderer who was sentenced to the chair

Origin of CHAIR

Middle English chaiere, from Anglo-French, from Latin cathedra, from Greek kathedra, from kata- cata- + hedra seat — more at sit
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee



: to be in charge of a meeting, organization, committee, or event : to be the chairperson of (something)

Full Definition of CHAIR

transitive verb
:  to install in office
chiefly British :  to carry on the shoulders in acclaim <we chaired you through the market place — A. E. Housman>
:  to preside as chairman of

Examples of CHAIR

  1. He's been chosen to chair the task force on school violence.

First Known Use of CHAIR


Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Seat, usually with four legs and a back, intended for one person. It is one of the most ancient forms of furniture, dating to the 3rd Egyptian dynasty (c. 2650–2575 BC). Various styles were developed throughout Europe. In the 16th century, many chairs began to be covered with upholstery over padding and decorated with elaborate wood carving. U.S. chairs adapted versions of English styles from the late 17th century.


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