chairman

noun
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

chairman

verb
chairmaned or chairmanned; chairmaning or chairmanning

Definition of chairman (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from chairman

Noun

chairmanship \ ˈcher-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce chairmanship (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

Ralph Lauren wrote the introduction, while the final chapter was written by Bentley's chairman and CEO and focuses on the future of the brand. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Bentley's Coffee-Table Book Costs Over $250,000 and Is Covered in Diamonds," 17 May 2019 At its annual meeting, GE said about 30% votes cast were opposed to GE’s executive-compensation plans and about 27% were in favor of separating the roles of chairman and chief executive officer. ... Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Investors Approve Executive Pay, Reject Appointing Independent Chairman," 8 May 2019 Just moments after Pinault’s donation was made public, Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of rival corporation LVMH, pledged 200 million euros for the cathedral’s repair. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Fashion Luxury Groups, Kering and LVMH, Pledge Combined 300 Million Euros to Repair Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 Laurence Fink, chairman and CEO of investment management firm BlackRock, spoke of ample investment opportunities in Mexico and called for the two neighbors to work together. Peter Orsi, The Seattle Times, "At US-Mexico CEO summit, leaders optimistic amid uncertainty," 12 Apr. 2019 But this report—which the FCC must release under US law—only contained data from before Pai was chairman and was released before the net neutrality repeal took effect. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for," 19 Nov. 2018 Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of Dubai’s DP World, was named to that position. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Virgin Hyperloop One taps Citi Bike’s Jay Walder as new CEO," 8 Nov. 2018 Ellison, who serves as the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is the first Muslim elected to Congress, was accused over the weekend of emotional and physical abuse by an ex-girlfriend. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Democrat Keith Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary days after abuse allegations surface," 2 Oct. 2018 The idea that Elon Musk shouldn’t be chairman and CEO of Tesla isn’t a new one. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Elon Musk is out as Tesla chairman," 30 Sep. 2018

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, "Louisville's new president has a hard job ahead of her, but it's not impossible," 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, "Louisville shifts final approval of coaches from athletics to board of trustees," 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, "Sources: Vince Tyra surfaces as likely U of L interim AD; 2 internal candidates also finalists," 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, "This is how Tom Jurich could be reinstated as University of Louisville's athletic director," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of chairman

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chairman was in 1592

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chairman

noun

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

chairman

noun
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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