co·​chair ˌkō-ˈcher How to pronounce cochair (audio)
variants or co-chair
plural cochairs or co-chairs
: one of two or more chairpersons who preside jointly over something (such as a meeting, organization, committee, event, or department) : 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
cochair transitive verb
or co-chair
cochaired or co-chaired; cochairing or co-chairing; cochairs or co-chairs
… 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 Helping me lead the conversations will be my fellow Brainstorm AI London cochairs May Habib, founder and CEO of generative AI platform Writer, and Eileen Burbidge, director at Fertifa and partner at Passion Capital, as well as Fortune’s Ellie Austin. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2024 Frazier, who serves as a cochair alongside Rometty, says the organization was born out of a need for skilled workers across industries—a shortfall that’s been exacerbated by corporate piety to hiring candidates with a four-year degree. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2023 Internal candidates are said to include Dana Walden, cochair of filmed entertainment, and Josh D’Amaro, who heads Disney theme parks. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2023 The couple attended the Met Gala as cochairs, and Williams wore a bright yellow Versace gown. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 31 July 2023 If the Republicans and Democrats renominate former president Donald Trump and incumbent President Biden in 2024 for a rematch, which polling suggests is both likely and unpopular, then a centrist alternative could break through partisan gridlock, said McCrory, one of the group’s national cochairs. Steven Porter,, 17 July 2023 Representative Michael Day, the bill’s author and cochair of the Judiciary Committee, said the goal of the closed-door meetings is to clarify misconceptions and confusion as gun owner advocates mount intense opposition. Chris Lisinski and Alison Kuznitz,, 14 July 2023 Representative Ayanna Pressley of Boston, a former cochair of Warren’s presidential campaign who toured the state with her last fall, appeared first, followed by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who was once Warren’s law student. Emma Platoff,, 27 Mar. 2023 Mary Winston, who sits on the boards of Chipotle, Northrop Grumman, TD Bank Group, and Acuity Brands, is cochair of the commission. Bylila MacLellan, Fortune, 26 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cochair was in 1967

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“Cochair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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