chair·​man | \-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


chairmaned or chairmanned; chairmaning or chairmanning

Definition of chairman (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from chairman


chairmanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

Examples of chairman in a Sentence


the chairman of the airline company the chairman called the meeting to order

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The push to sell pepperoni and beer may give Pizza Hut a leg up on digital leader Domino's Pizza as well as Papa John's, which is facing negative publicity over its founder and former chairman's recent racist comments. Leslie Patton,, "Pizza Hut expands beer delivery," 13 July 2018 Meyer was then suspended by the club after launching personal attacks against the manager, sporting director and chairman., "Max Meyer Could Move to Turkey After Being Rejected By Liverpool and Arsenal Due to Wage Demands," 13 July 2018 Records identify the seller as Hilda Maria Bacardi, sister of Bacardi chairman Facundo Bacardi. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Singer Marc Anthony Buys Coral Gables Home From Bacardi Heiress," 13 July 2018 Joe Kennedy, a member of the open space task force and chairman of the South Windsor Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Commission, sent letters to farmers last month to gauge interest in the purchase of their land development rights. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "South Windsor Seeking An Additional $2 Million For Open Space Preservation," 12 July 2018 They will be joined by Television Academy chairman -CEO Hayma Washington and president-COO Maury McIntyre. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmy Nominations Live Stream: Watch the Announcement Here," 12 July 2018 Schnatter also resigned as vice chairman from the University of Louisville Board of Trustees Wednesday. NBC News, "Papa John's founder apologizes for using N-word on conference call," 11 July 2018 Barry Ritholtz, the chairman and chief investment officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management, said banks were still reacting to the trauma of the financial crisis, when too much risky lending led them to the brink of collapse. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 Jay Sugarman, chairman and CEO of iStar, brought architect Anda Andrei onboard four years ago to design the buildings of Asbury Park. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "Asbury Park’s Glam Squad," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \
plural chairmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of chairman

2 : a person who is in charge of a company

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