chair·​per·​son | \ ˈcher-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce chairperson (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web That leaves a chairperson, Robert Duncan, who is a former Republican National Committee chair, along with three other Republican members and two Democratic members. David Sharp, Star Tribune, "Weary postal workers hope Biden will bring new tone, change," 7 Feb. 2021 The committee continued its decades-long tradition of annually naming an honorary chairperson for this year’s road race, even though it was held as a virtual event due to the coronavirus health crisis., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 20 Nov. 2020 Ruth Di Stefano, the event’s chairperson since its inception, started the annual fashion show 10 years ago. Sergio Carmona,, "Virtual fashion show will support Hadassah hospitals and research," 11 Nov. 2020 His biggest success was convincing state lawmakers to create mayoral academies, which are charter schools that have a mayor as chairperson of their board. Globe Staff,, "The voice of Rhode Island’s cities and towns steps up to represent the entire state," 12 Jan. 2021 George, who serves as chairperson of the House Education Committee. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Decision over Dixie State University name change moves to state Legislature," 18 Dec. 2020 Dr Kalanit Ben-Ari is a senior relationship therapist and the chairperson of Imago UK: an international approach to relationship therapy. Izzie Price,, "I’m 27 & I’ve Never Had A Partner At Christmas," 23 Dec. 2020 Community sponsors and chamber business members were vital to the event’s success, said Jerry Doetsch of Glenview, past president of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of the Glenview reverse parade. Karie Angell Luc,, "Glenview holiday parade retooled as drive-thru event featuring Santa, sparkling lights and plenty of good cheer," 1 Dec. 2020 Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa and chairperson of the African Union, met the president of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde on Friday. CNN, "Tigray forces battling Ethiopian government vow to fight on despite ultimatum to surrender," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of chairperson

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Chairperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chairperson

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


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