chairman

noun
chair·​man | \ ˈcher-mən \
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 \ 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 Federal Communications Commission yesterday released broadband speed test data for the first time in two years, after ignoring months of inquiries about why the annual speed test reports hadn't been released since Ajit Pai became chairman. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai buries 2-year-old speed test data in appendix of 762-page report," 5 Dec. 2018 On Wednesday, Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out at Leicester City's football stadium to honor those that died in a tragic helicopter accident on October 27, 2018, including the club's chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Chic Gray Catherine Walker Coat to Visit Leicester with Prince William," 28 Nov. 2018 Lee, who became chairman in March of this year, will face trial along with 31 other executives from Samsung and its affiliates. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung Electronics chairman indicted on charges of union sabotage," 27 Sep. 2018 Its chairman, David Smith, is a conservative who hasn’t been shy about criticizing the media. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Sinclair Broadcast, Known for Rightward Tilt, Hires Liberal Commentator," 23 Jan. 2019 Ajit Pai, as chairman of the FCC, the other agency in charge of tackling robocalls, has said the issue is a cornerstone of his tenure. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Why robocalls have taken over your phone," 7 Nov. 2018 Paul Manafort, his onetime campaign chairman, pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, after Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, did the same. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Is the president really seething over Sessions and other setbacks?," 21 Sep. 2018 On August 21, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty of eight counts of fraud. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "What the Manafort Verdict Means for President Donald Trump," 23 Aug. 2018 The 56-year-old, whom the firm announced in a press release today as its next chairman and chief executive officer, moonlights as DJ D-Sol. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Meet David Solomon, the Next CEO of Goldman Sachs, Who Moonlights as a DJ," 17 July 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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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 \
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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