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

Daniel Gabler had been serving as chairman of the Wisconsin Parole Commission since 2017 when he was appointed to replace Richard Sankovitz who resigned to join a mediation firm. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pair of veteran judges leaving Milwaukee courts, opening opportunities for Evers' appointments," 17 June 2019 In addition to choosing Jerome Powell, a Republican whom Obama had named to the Fed board, to be chairman, Trump has filled three other vacancies on the board in his first two years in office. Hope Yen And Calvin Woodward, chicagotribune.com, "Fact check: Trump's statements on Iran, trade and the wall range from a little off to flatly false," 15 June 2019 Although theoretically junior to the junta’s chairman, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Mr Dagalo has become the most powerful man in Sudan. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019 Councilman Eric Costello, a co-chairman of a committee investigating the ransomware attack, said the lack of such a relationship deprives the city of valuable state resources. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore officials rebuffed offers of state help for a 'week' after crippling hack of city computers," 14 June 2019 Chris Sinclair, chairman, Reckitt Benckiser, told Reuters. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A 200-year-old British consumer goods giant is banking on an Indian for growth," 14 June 2019 The subpoenas are for both testimony and documents, the committee's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "House Intel Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn, Rick Gates," 13 June 2019 The latest meeting comes after the committee's Republican chairman, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, subpoenaed him as part of the panel's Russia investigation. Fox News, "Trump, Biden jab each other in Iowa; Sanders to make case for Democratic socialism," 12 June 2019 Menze, an associate professor and assistant chairman of U of L’s biology department, and Kopechek, an assistant professor of bioengineering, didn't expect their research efforts to intersect. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "U of L researchers develop freeze-dried blood that could save soldiers and astronauts," 12 June 2019

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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

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 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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