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

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After the hearings, committee chairpersons give their colleagues a deadline for submitting additional questions based on the witness’s testimony and Mueller might be asked to provide a more substantive response. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Robert Mueller’s use of “I take your question,” as defined by a legal expert," 24 July 2019 Texans co-founder and senior chairperson Janice McNair is making one of the largest donations ever by an NFL owner to a community project. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Janice McNair donating $5.5 million to Pro-Vision Inc.," 12 Aug. 2019 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Biocon, told news channel CNBC-TV18. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Tributes pour in as the body of a missing Indian coffee baron is found on the banks of a river," 31 July 2019 But then, the new acting board chairperson, Marcia Gershenson, a Democrat from Bloomfield Township, canceled the meeting amid criticism from Meisner and others. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "21 candidates apply for Oakland County executive job: Who they are," 13 Aug. 2019 House and Senate leadership, as well as committee chairpersons, determine the legislative agenda. Evan Macdonald,, "How the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature failed to act on former Gov. John Kasich’s gun reform bills," 6 Aug. 2019 Passed in 1988, the amendment prohibited pocket vetoes of bills by committee chairpersons, instead requiring any bill brought before the Colorado House or Senate to receive a hearing and a vote. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Wayne Knox dies: Longest serving Colorado House representative was 92," 22 July 2019 The committee also endorsed newcomer Carol Blanks, the current chairperson of the town’s Board of Education who aims to fill the town council vacancy left by exiting member Dallas Dodge. Emily Brindley,, "West Hartford Democrats endorse candidates for November elections," 18 July 2019 Thomas Kwesi Quartey, the deputy chairperson of the AU said. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The African Union is doubling down on deepening its relationship with Huawei," 31 May 2019

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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


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