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)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from chairman


chairmanship \ ˈcher-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce chairmanship (audio) \ noun

Examples of chairman in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They are said to be holding out for £65m but, according to Correio de Manha (via Manchester Evening News), United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the player is worth no more than £50m., "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Battle to Convince Man Utd to Meet Bruno Fernandes Asking Price," 15 July 2019 In 1984, Meyerson was chairman of the committee charged with building a new symphony hall. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot: The boss had a complicated but never dull relationship with Morton Meyerson, employee No. 54," 14 July 2019 About 100 protesters, including LULAC President Domingo Garcia, demanded to meet with the senator, who is also the chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee and has power to influence immigration policy. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "LULAC members march to Sen. Ron Johnson's office demanding detention center closures," 12 July 2019 Daniel Solis, who was the Zoning Committee chairman, supporting a zoning change sought by the developers. Joe Mahr,, "‘A red flag’: Developers sought reimbursement for $20,000 in donations to Chicago alderman," 10 July 2019 Tim Mooney is the chairman of Responsible Budgets, according to city filings. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix voters could fundamentally change the city in August. Why is no one campaigning?," 8 July 2019 Yoni Torgow is chairman of the Sterling Group, according to the firm's website. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Chemical Bank chairman's grown kids get development, landlord deal," 6 July 2019 The bill was introduced June 13 by Democratic Assemblyman Reggie B. Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles, who is the chairman of the powerful Public Safety Committee. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New legislation would ban move by San Diego DA requiring defendants to give up future rights in plea bargains," 3 July 2019 That is because Mr Hu’s own predecessor, Jiang Zemin, had appointed the two vice-chairmen of the Central Military Commission, a powerful body that oversees the armed forces. The Economist, "Xi Jinping wants China’s armed forces to be “world-class” by 2050," 27 June 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chairman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of chairman


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1888, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chairman

Statistics for chairman

Last Updated

18 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chairman

The first known use of chairman was in 1592

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chairman



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

Other Words from chairman

chairmanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on chairman

What made you want to look up chairman? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!