co·​chair | \ ˌkō-ˈcher How to pronounce cochair (audio) \
variants: or co-chair
plural cochairs or co-chairs

Definition of cochair

: one of two or more chairmen who preside jointly over something (such as a meeting, organization, committee, event, or department) : cochairman, cochairperson A short while later she agreed to serve as honorary cochair of the Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure …— Alan Pell Crawford After a real estate client introduced her to George Herman House, she didn't hesitate to lend her support. She's been co-chair of the board for five years.— Lisa Rainford … today she is the department chair of the Foreign Language department and co-chair of the English as a Second Language department …— Leah Carey

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Other Words from cochair

cochair or co-chair transitive verb
… a new antidrug commission—cochaired by a corporate leader and a high-ranking administration official … Newsweek

Examples of cochair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fernández is a photographer and associate professor and cochair of the photography department at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 But Tanisha Sullivan, the other cochair and president of the Boston branch of the NAACP, expressed strong apprehension about standardized testing, citing research that shows racial bias., 11 June 2021 Marlena Pellegrino, cochair of the bargaining union and nurse, hopes the hospital will resume negotiations., 15 June 2021 Saint Vincent’s released a timeline of negotiations stretching back to 2019, with more than 30 sessions, but Marlena Pellegrino, cochair of the nurses bargaining unit, said nurses have been backed into a corner and forced to take action. Lucas Phillips,, 8 Mar. 2021 Nevena Simidjiyska, cochair of the international trade group at Fox Rothschild LLP, which has seen an uptick in CFIUS work, says the mobile game industry—which has many ties to China—is likely the next to face scrutiny. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2020 Trudeau’s campaign cochair was a lobbyist for the pipeline builder TransCanada, and his chief of staff was a former lobbyist for companies like BP. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, 31 Dec. 2020 Whitmer, cochair of Biden’s Inaugural Committee, offers insights about that event next month and staging it during a pandemic. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, 27 Dec. 2020 Bill Frist is a physician, former Senate majority leader (R-Tenn.), senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and a cochair of the center’s work on health innovation. Tom Daschle, STAT, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cochair

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Cochair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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