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

Raniere is due to go on trial early next month with heiress Clare Bronfman, a NXIVM benefactor who is a daughter of the late billionaire Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr., and another group member, Kathy Russell. David Klepper, The Seattle Times, "State probes doctor it says branded women in sex slave case," 13 Apr. 2019 With Morgan's permission, White Star chairman J. Bruce Ismay began work on what came to be known as Olympic-class ships. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy That the Titanic Never Sank," 27 Feb. 2019 Reagan appointed Mark Fowler as FCC chairman in 1981, and Fowler would wind up massively altering the world of toy advertising. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Mucus is meant to keep you comfortable in another way, too: as a vigilant guard on the frontlines of your body’s biological defense system, Michael Benninger, M.D., chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute, tells SELF. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s What It Means If You Have Yellow Mucus," 15 Mar. 2019 The deal prohibits Musk from serving as chairman of the company for three years. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Tesla replaces Elon Musk as chair—he’ll stay CEO," 8 Nov. 2018 But the two sides eventually agreed to a three-year ban from his role as Tesla chairman, and both he and the company were made to pay $20 million fines. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla subpoenaed in the SEC’s Model 3 investigation," 2 Nov. 2018 Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on eight out of 18 counts in his bank and tax fraud trial. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s personal lawyer pleaded guilty and his campaign chief was convicted," 22 Aug. 2018 Write to Kristin Broughton at Kristin.Broughton@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications Stephen Kohn is chairman of the National Whistleblower Center. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "SEC Grants $50 Million Award to Two JPMorgan Whistleblowers," 28 Mar. 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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