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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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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Not, perhaps, in his background or experience — after all, his father was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and his uncle Carl the longest-serving U.S. senator in Michigan history. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 The seventh-generation farmer is the chairman of Tom Farms, one of the largest corn, soybean and seed growers in Indiana. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana agribusinessman Kip Tom tapped by Trump for food ambassador job," 11 July 2018 Shriver is now the chairman of Special Olympics, but only after Loretta persuaded him to leave his home in New Haven, Connecticut, and come to Washington, D.C. to take on the position. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018 About the owner: Ed Wolowiec, who lives in Lake Barrington, is a past chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Elgin Courier-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Port Edward in Algonquin," 7 July 2018 While Lee has been floated as a nominee for some time, the same cannot be said for Gowdy, who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Some lawmakers say they’d like to see one of theirs on court," 2 July 2018 Powell was tapped by President Donald Trump to succeed Janet Yellen in February as Fed chairman after Trump decided not to offer Yellen a second term. Martin Crutsinger,, "Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate," 13 July 2018 The Presbyterian Home needed to sell the land to support its mission in building a new nursing home facility in Harford County, said Joe Slovick III, who as chairman of Presbyterian Home’s board currently controls the property. Libby Solomon,, "Widespread support, a couple passionate detractors at Bosley Estates public meeting," 12 July 2018 The legal team for Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, asked a federal judge to move the trial from Alexandria, Va., to Roanoke, Va., about 240 miles away. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "Paul Manafort Seeks to Move Criminal Trial Hundreds of Miles From Washington," 7 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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