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

Definition of chairman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person and especially a man who serves as chairperson the chairman of the board the chairman of the college's English department
2 : a carrier of a sedan chair


chairmaned or chairmanned; chairmaning or chairmanning

Definition of chairman (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from chairman


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 The decision was a victory for the House Ways and Means Committee, whose chairman, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., first requested in 2019 that the Internal Revenue Service turn over copies of Trump’s tax returns to the committee. Shayna Jacobs, Josh Dawsey And Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2022 Every studio rejected the Gordons’ movie, but eventually the producers dragged a yes out of Tom Pollock, then chairman of Universal Pictures (and Larry’s former lawyer). John Jurgensen, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 Kennedy has now run and lost bids for U.S. Congress, state Democratic Party chairman, Milwaukee County executive and now the state Assembly. Daniel Bice, Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2022 In the statement, the museum quoted its late founding chairman, Gerry Lenfest. Travis Andersen,, 8 Aug. 2022 Forms may be mailed or dropped off at Olmsted Falls City Hall and addressed to chairman, Park and Recreation Board, 26100 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138. cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 Instead, Parry, the chairman of the English Football League, the body that oversees the second, third and fourth tiers of English soccer, has given the payments a name that better encapsulates their effect. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The chairman of our delegation, Manfred Weber, informed us. Eldad Beck, Sun Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 The situation has gotten much worse under the SEC’s current chairman, Gary Gensler. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 See More

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First Known Use of chairman


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Chairman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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