chair·​man | \ ˈcher-mən How to pronounce chairman (audio) \
plural chairmen

Definition of chairman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or event
b : the administrative officer of a department of instruction (as in a college)
2 : a carrier of a sedan chair


chairmaned or chairmanned; chairmaning or chairmanning

Definition of chairman (Entry 2 of 2)

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chairmanship \ ˈcher-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce chairman (audio) \ noun

Examples of chairman in a Sentence

Noun the chairman of the airline company the chairman called the meeting to order
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shaker, a Solon resident, was invited to speak to the commission to provide an update on the city’s business community, said Dennis Tidmore, chairman of the commission. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 10 June 2021 For years, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), chairman of the Assembly budget subcommittee on transportation, has supported the bullet train and much of the vision that Newsom and former Gov. Jerry Brown laid out. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), introduced the phrase to a wider audience in a 2015 article published by Foreign Affairs. Hank Torbert, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Richard Miller, chairman of the San Francisco Opera Association, died in 1984 of cancer. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 To better sell the idea, Hilton consulted with Don Douglas, then chairman of the McDonnell Douglas aircraft manufacturer, with a feasibility study done by students at Cornell University, who came complete with some interesting sketches and props. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 7 June 2021 Bill Hofman, chairman of the Planning Commission, said the lack of public input was his only reason for voting against the proposal Thursday. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2021 Looking ahead, Greg Penner, chairman of the board at Walmart, said the biggest challenge for the retailer is figuring out how to change and move faster while staying true to the company's core values. Nathan Owens, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 Edward Bugg, 9th Ward, chairman of the City Council Rules, Administration and Procedures Committee. Steve Lord,, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom preferring to wield his influence off-camera, U of L fans are looking to you for leadership. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2018 The new procedure appears to reflect the desire of board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom and interim President Greg Postel to consolidate power. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 27 Mar. 2018 Interim university President Postel is handling the interviewing process, with input from board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, 3 Oct. 2017 Board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom said the board was unanimous in its support of Postel suspending Jurich and Pitino, though it was later revealed Grissom's one-on-one polling may have violated state law. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of chairman


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Chairman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chairman

: the person (especially a man) who is in charge of a meeting, committee, or event
: the person who is in charge of a company or organization


chair·​man | \ ˈcher-mən How to pronounce chairman (audio) \
plural chairmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of chairman

2 : a person who is in charge of a company

Other Words from chairman

chairmanship \ -​ˌship \ noun


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