chair·​per·​son | \-ˌpər-sᵊn \
plural chairpersons

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A new chairperson for the committee has not yet been appointed. the chairperson will determine the order in which people will speak

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University of Michigan's Derek Harmon examined every speech made by the Federal Reserve chairperson from 1998 to 2014 — from Fed chairs Alan Greenspan to Ben Bernanke to Janet Yellen. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How can Fed make investors uncertain? U-M professor says it's obvious," 22 June 2018 Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone will serve as honorary chairperson for the awards gala. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Epic's Sylvia Rhone, Roc Nation's Azim Rashid to Chair Living Legends Awards Gala," 7 June 2018 Just days after the chairwoman of California’s campaign watchdog agency abruptly quit, an internal power struggle came to a head Monday with its governing board restructuring itself to transfer powers from the chairperson to other members. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "California campaign watchdog panel ends power struggle with sweeping changes to commission structure," 4 June 2018 Local 10 News’ Eric Yutzy emceed the event, which featured a variety of speakers including ChildNet board members and chairpersons as well as foster and adoptive parent Chris Rodriguez and staff member Kezia Stewart. Krislyn Placide,, "ChildNet honors Community Care Plan CEO John Benz during luncheon," 6 July 2018 Renee’s mother, Margaret, served as the brassy arbiter atop the city’s election machinery for 36 years as chairperson of the Board of City Commissioners. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Philly politico Renee Tartaglione sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison," 12 July 2018 Hello someone else The chairperson isn't the only thing changing. Scott Wartman,, "Women want to lead Hamilton County Democrats. Five things to know ahead of Saturday's vote," 5 June 2018 After retiring in 2013, Blake became the chairperson of the USTA Foundation, whose goal is to bring tennis and education together. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Exhibition tennis with a mission for state champ Brandon Currie and ATP winner James Blake," 20 June 2018 Deb Haaland, a Native American lawyer, single mother, former Democratic party chairperson and Obama campaign worker, has won the Democratic primary in New Mexico’s first congressional district. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "The U.S. Could Be Getting Its First Native American Congresswoman in November," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of chairperson

1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chairperson

: the person who leads a meeting, organization, committee, or event


chair·​per·​son | \ˈcher-ˌpər-sᵊn \

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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