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 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 Tailgate Guys founders Parker Duffey and Michael Otwell will continue in leadership roles with Duffey transitioning to chairman on Tailgate Guys’ advisory board and Otwell continuing as the Chief Production Officer. Giana Han, al, "Teall Capital acquires controlling interest in Opelika-based Tailgate Guys," 6 July 2020 Her husband, Stephen Lowey, is listed as chairman emeritus on the firm's website and is retired from the firm. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Auto dealers, restaurants with ties to lawmakers were among the firms that got PPP loans: Treasury report," 6 July 2020 The other is Ajit Jain, the vice chairman who runs the insurance operations. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Here's a sign Warren Buffett may have gotten his mojo back," 6 July 2020 Co-chairman Alexis Tardy said Saturday's Black-only event took place in Haughville — a working class, historically Black neighborhood — to highlight how class adds to racial inequities. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "Fourth of July was not Independence Day for all, organizers behind Black-only march note," 5 July 2020 American researchers who have interacted with Wang, BGI’s chairman, call him a talented scientist who has at times stirred controversy. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, "California rejected Chinese company’s push to help with coronavirus testing. Was that the right move?," 2 July 2020 Stanford University's disease prevention chairman slammed using statewide lockdown measures as a response to the coronavirus, saying they were implemented based on bad data and inaccurate modeling. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Stanford doctor: Coronavirus fatality rate for people under 45 'almost 0%'," 2 July 2020 Her speech to the Pistons was empowering, head coach Dwane Casey and vice chairman Arn Tellem said, and helped to set the tone for the announcements the team made later that day. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "How Stacey Abrams inspired Detroit Pistons to fight voter suppression," 2 July 2020 DeFazio was joined by Representative Rick Larsen, a Washington Democrat who is chairman of the panel’s aviation subcommittee. Alan Levin,, "Boeing Withheld Data on System Linked to Crashes, Report Says," 1 July 2020 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


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Chairman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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

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chairmanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

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