\ ˈcher How to pronounce chair (audio) \
plural chairs

Definition of chair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a seat typically having four legs and a back for one person
b : electric chair used with the
2a : 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 : chairperson sense 1 was appointed chair of the committee
3 : a position of employment usually of one occupying a chair or desk specifically : the position of a player in an orchestra or band
4 : any of various devices that hold up or support
5 : a sedan chair


chaired; chairing; chairs

Definition of chair (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to preside as chairperson of chaired a commission
2 : to install in office
3 chiefly British : to carry on the shoulders in acclaim we chaired you through the market place— A. E. Housman

Examples of chair in a Sentence

Noun a chair by the window We'll need a table and four chairs for the dining room. He is now chair of the English department. She's chair of the school board this year. Address any questions to the committee chair. a murderer who was sentenced to the chair Verb He's been chosen to chair the task force on school violence. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Fed chair appeared unconcerned Tuesday about the stock market’s sharp decline over the past six weeks. Christopher Rugaber, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Toward the end of the presentation, the chair of global advertising and partnerships delivered a barbed soliloquy that called out unnamed competitors by emphasizing that their streaming platform is, was and is likely to remain ad-supported. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 The chance to gawk at the splayed viscera of other people’s lives would surely attract viewers no matter who occupied the therapist’s chair. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Gwen is returning to the coaching chair after a hiatus, while Camila is coaching for the first time. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 16 May 2022 The chair weighs 15 pounds and folds up into a slim package with two sewn-in carrying straps. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 Throughout the exhibition, the Paley Center will host screenings and for fans to take photos in the Captain’s chair. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Gilbert Villegas, the Latino Caucus chair, has perhaps as much reason to resent the outcome as anyone. John Byrne, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Thomas-Clark, the elections board chair, said Hampton was accused of falsifying time sheets. Emma Brown And Amy Gardner, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thomas later won election to the Newton City Council and is the first Black woman to chair the city’s water board. Mike Cason |, al, 21 Oct. 2021 Manning, before her election in 2020, was the first woman to chair the Jewish Federations of North America. Ron Kampeas,, 8 June 2021 Kanoo is a member of the YPO top-CEO network and was the first Arab woman to chair the MENA division through member elections. Forbes Partner Releases, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Today in Ohio Shortly after Gov. Mike DeWine took office, a former DeWine campaign staffer called the new governor to express concern about appointing Sam Randazzo to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Tom Tunney, 44th, will chair the new casino committee. Gregory Pratt,, 23 Mar. 2022 Babin will chair the House space funding subcommittee if Republicans regain control of the House in November. Lee Roop |, al, 22 Mar. 2022 Mandela asked Tutu to chair the commission set up to listen to, record and in some cases grant amnesty to perpetrators of human right violations under apartheid. NBC News, 26 Dec. 2021 Then Brown, the local president, asked Chapman to chair a new diversity committee. Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chair


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1552, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for chair


Middle English chaiere, from Anglo-French, from Latin cathedra, from Greek kathedra, from kata- cata- + hedra seat — more at sit

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20 May 2022

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“Chair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈcher How to pronounce chair (audio) \

Kids Definition of chair

1 : a seat for one person usually having a back and four legs
2 : a person who leads a meeting, group, or event

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