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)

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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

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The chairman of the group, former independent Anchorage representative Jason Grenn, did not return phone calls Monday seeking comment. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Supporters of election-reform ballot measure appeal rejection to courts," 10 Sep. 2019 The company's stock appreciation rights program, or SAR, was a subject of the probe, according to Yasushi Kimura, the chairman of Nissan's board of directors. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Nissan CEO resigns after admitting he was overpaid," 9 Sep. 2019 Mike Lee, chairman of the Build the I-10 Bridge Coalition, was among those who spoke in support. al, "How the I-10 project was killed," 1 Sep. 2019 And the chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County called for Maienschein’s resignation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Republicans face uphill battle in unseating newly Democratic Assemblyman Brian Maienschein," 31 Aug. 2019 Ryoei Saito, honorary chairman of Daishowa Paper Manufacturing of Japan, bought the painting at auction for $82.5 million (the equivalent of about $166 million today), a record at the time. Sam Roberts,, "Werner Kramarsky, 93, rights official and arts patron," 24 Aug. 2019 Ryoei Saito, the honorary chairman of Daishowa Paper Manufacturing of Japan, bought the painting at auction for $82.5 million (the equivalent of about $166 million today), a record at the time. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Werner Kramarsky, Rights Official and Arts Patron, Dies at 93," 24 Aug. 2019 Marsha Edwards was the ex-wife of Dr. Christopher Edwards, an orthopedic surgeon and the chairman of Atlanta’s housing authority. Patrick Perron, The Mercury News, "Mom writes she couldn’t ask for better kids before police say she killed them, herself," 23 Aug. 2019 Hurwitz, the chairman of I.M.P., also owns the 9:30 Club and The Anthem music venues in Washington, D.C. Phil Davis,, "Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9:30 Club chairman Seth Hurwitz charged with soliciting prostitution," 22 Aug. 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

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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 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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