chair·​wom·​an | \-ˌwu̇-mən \
plural chairwomen

Definition of chairwoman 

: a woman who serves as chairman

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She was first elected to the House in 2008 to represent a swath of northeast Ohio near Cleveland, and was chairwoman of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Offers Help Securing Votes for Pelosi in Speaker Race," 17 Nov. 2018 Wasserman Schultz is the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton Were Sent "Potential Explosive Devices" in the Mail," 24 Oct. 2018 While the Mayor’s Fund to Advance the City of New York was once flush with donations, contributions have stagnated under current chairwoman Chirlane McCray. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Roseanne Barr, Valerie Jarrett, Channing Dungey: Broadsheet May 30," 30 May 2018 Reinke is chairwoman of the city celebrations committee. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alderwoman claims staff favoritism, misdirection, sexism. West Allis hired a lawyer to investigate and he mostly confirmed her charges," 28 Mar. 2018 How Trump Unites--and Divides--Republicans Ms. Vukmir first backed Mr. Walker in the 2016 presidential primary, later becoming state chairwoman for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Wisconsin Primary Shows Waning Power of State’s GOP Leaders," 13 Aug. 2018 Bhargava, a former Wall Street portfolio manager from Greenwich who served as vice chairwoman of the Connecticut Democrats, said Wooden put pressure on her to exit. Neil Vigdor,, "Dita Bhargava Stands Her Ground In Treasurer's Race Against Shawn Wooden," 5 June 2018 Hamilton, who is chairwoman of the 17-member Democratic caucus, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Complaint: Councilwoman bought Derby gala tickets with taxpayer money," 17 May 2018 The Faculty Senate chairwoman said Friday that Frederick responded and proposed a meeting with the Faculty Senate’s steering committee and the executive committee of trustees, which will probably take place after graduation. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Howard faculty council calls on university leaders to resign," 28 Apr. 2018

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1685, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chairwoman

: a woman who leads a meeting, organization, committee, or event


chair·​wom·​an | \ˈcher-ˌwu̇-mən \
plural chairwomen\-​ˌwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of chairwoman

1 : a woman who leads a meeting, group, or event : chair

2 : a woman who is in charge of a company

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