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chair·​man ˈcher-mən How to pronounce chairman (audio)
plural chairmen
: a person and especially a man who serves as chairperson
the chairman of the board
the chairman of the college's English department
: a carrier of a sedan chair
chairmanship noun


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chairmaned or chairmanned; chairmaning or chairmanning

Examples of chairman in a Sentence

Noun the chairman of the airline company the chairman called the meeting to order
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During the 1972 French Open in Paris, Adidas chairman Horst Dassler, son of the company’s founder, asked for a midnight meeting with Smith and his agent Donald Dell. Matias Grez, CNN, 11 July 2024 John Keeler, a former lawmaker and Marion County Republican Party chairman who worked as general counsel for Centaur and Spectacle, was indicted in 2020 and accused of using fake contracts with a Maryland political consultant to secretly funnel casino cash to political campaigns. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 10 July 2024
Emmerich was promoted to chairman the following year. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 The tax code gives the Ways and Means chairman the ability to request any tax returns from the Treasury Department and says that the Treasury secretary shall provide those returns. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 See all Example Sentences for chairman 

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Word History

First Known Use


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chairman was in 1644

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“Chairman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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