chair·​per·​son | \ ˈcher-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce chairperson (audio) \
plural chairpersons

Definition of chairperson

1 : the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or event
2 : the administrative officer of a department of instruction (as in a college)

Examples of chairperson in a Sentence

A new chairperson for the committee has not yet been appointed. the chairperson will determine the order in which people will speak
Recent Examples on the Web This is another typically good year for high school talent; narrowing the field was not easy for Steven Norgrove, chairperson for the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan’s Mr. Basketball award. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2022 Tamra Bordchadt-Slayton, band chairperson for the Indian Peaks Band of Paiute Indians, told the caucus that her band would adjudicate its water claims in southern Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Feb. 2022 Shabazz, who is co-chairperson of The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, is dedicated to keeping her father’s legacy alive. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 4 Feb. 2022 Melanie Kamburian, co-chairperson of the Community Garden Committee with the Junior League, was key to implementing the new garden. Scott Luxor,, 3 Dec. 2021 In May 2021, Hall was tapped to serve as the organization's board chairperson for a one-year term scheduled to begin July 1. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 23 Mar. 2022 The school principal and LSC chairperson offer a joint recommendation of the new name. Tracy Swartz,, 16 Mar. 2022 Under the Ukrainian Constitution, the speaker, or chairperson, of Parliament would succeed Mr. Zelensky as acting president. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 Border View board chairperson Kris Galicia Brown was warmed by the interactions. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chairperson

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2022

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“Chairperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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