chairman

noun
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

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 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

Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motors chairman, who faces charges of financial wrongdoing in Japan, was released on bail after being held in a Tokyo jail for three months. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn Released on Bail in Japan," 6 Mar. 2019 In 1905 Weismann was named honorary chairman of the German Society for Racial Hygiene, an organization that embraced eugenics. Eric Felten, WSJ, "‘Borrowed Time’ Review: The Long Ramp to the Final Exit," 21 Feb. 2019 He was forced to step down as chairman of Tesla for three years, pay a $20 million fine, and submit his public communications about the company — including his tweets — to oversight. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Fed chairman Jerome Powell said after a recent Fed meeting that the risk of inflation flaring appears to have diminished, despite a strong labor market and continued solid economic growth. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Energy Prices Hold Down Overall U.S. Inflation," 13 Feb. 2019 But the chairman did share that the DNC will initially consider more elements, such as grassroots fundraising, rather than just polling to determine the standards for qualifying for the first few debates. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "When Are the Democratic Presidential Debates? 2020 Is Coming Up Fast," 8 Feb. 2019 America owed it to itself to embrace both strengths and ideals in decades of congressional service, ultimately as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John was an exponent of an America strong enough to its purpose. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Henry Kissinger's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby. MINDING YOUR BUSINESS Stock futures mixed ahead of Fed chairman’s testimony. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump fires back at Helsinki summit critics; Putin calls Russian meddling charges 'ridiculous'," 17 July 2018 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

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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The first known use of chairman was in 1592

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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 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

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