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 The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has threatened to subpoena Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to obtain documents covering U.S. foreign policy with Tehran and President Trump’s order to kill Iran’s top general. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "House threatens to subpoena Mike Pompeo for Soleimani strike documents," 14 Jan. 2020 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee weighed in on the issue by proposing that crime victims have the right to be notified and heard before their assailant gets any pardon or commutation. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky bills at General Assembly respond to Bevin’s flurry of last-minute pardons," 11 Jan. 2020 The occasion was the twice-yearly testimony by the Fed’s chairman to Congress. The Economist, "Buttonwood Why the most important hedge is against unexpected inflation," 2 Jan. 2020 The new chairman of the presidential library board, former federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, praised the study. CBS News, "More doubt cast on authenticity of famed Lincoln stovepipe hat," 25 Dec. 2019 Trump tweeted in October as Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, led hearings looking into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. USA Today, "Analysis: Trump more negative, prolific on Twitter amid Democratic impeachment inquiry," 23 Dec. 2019 In a cryptic statement, released without warning on Sept. 13, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee revealed that a whistleblower complaint was being withheld from Congress by the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire. Zeke Miller, The Denver Post, "Inside impeachment: How an “urgent” tip became “high crimes”," 22 Dec. 2019 When the foundation later completed the sale to the chairman’s grandson this May, the share of Gabriels on its board had swelled to more than 70 percent, with two more of Gabriel Sr. Brian Chasnoff,, "Rey Feo partner suspends payments in wake of land donation scandal," 21 Dec. 2019 The chairman had been single-handedly delaying a vote on a full term for Police Chief Alfonso Morales. George Stanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stanley: Journal Sentinel subscribers support deep reporting that Wisconsin deserves," 20 Dec. 2019 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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