chair·​per·​son ˈcher-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce chairperson (audio)
plural chairpersons
: the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or event
: the administrative officer of a department of instruction (as in a college)

Example Sentences

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 The Fed’s board consists of seven members, including two vice chairs; one who serves in the absence of the chairperson and another in charge of supervising and regulating financial institutions. Matt Egan, CNN, 12 May 2023 Enter Email Sign Up Republican Senator Sharon Carson of Londonderry, who serves as the committee’s chairperson, declined to comment on Tuesday’s vote. Steven Porter,, 10 May 2023 The Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission will announce Monday that former business executive and politician Carly Fiorina will serve as honorary chairperson of the state’s planning for several years’ worth of events. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 8 May 2023 Honey Mahogany, the DCCC chairperson, stuck up for the group, reminding members that the club met the chartering requirements and had the right to form, but her instructions went unheeded. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2023 Once received, the sheriff must notify the chairperson of the County Board and then file the resignation with the county clerk. Journal Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2023 The lawsuit points to concerns about algorithmic pricing identified in a 2017 speech by Maureen Ohlhausen, a former acting chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission. Ken Ritter, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2023 Rosenblatt who also serves as chairperson for the Colchester Agriculture Commission, said that many people in town are very generous and drop off food items to the local food bank. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2023 Lusn, the board chairperson, said any board advisory opinion is not allowed under the city charter to name any officials under scrutiny and the board could not conduct background checks on appointees. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'chairperson.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chairperson was in 1899

Dictionary Entries Near chairperson

Cite this Entry

“Chairperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


chair·​per·​son -ˌpər-sən How to pronounce chairperson (audio)

More from Merriam-Webster on chairperson

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!