American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The presiding officer of an assembly, meeting, committee, or board.
- n. The administrative head of a department of instruction, as at a college. See Usage Notes at man, person.
- v. To act as chairman of.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. pl. chairmen (-men).
- n. The presiding officer of an assembly, association, company, committee, or public meeting.
- n. One who assists in Carrying a sedan-chair. Prior. Also called chair-bearer.
- n. One who wheels an invalid's or other similar chair.
- n. A person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.
- n. The head of a corporate or governmental board of directors, a committee, or other formal entity.
- n. historical Someone whose job is to carry people in a portable chair, sedan chair, or similar conveyance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The presiding officer of a committee, or of a public or private meeting, or of any organized body.
- n. One whose business it is to cary a chair or sedan.
- n. the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization
- v. act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university
- From chair + -man (Wiktionary)
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“I believe that the Public Accounts Committee should be modelled after the British Committee wherein the majority of members belong to the Opposition party and the chairman is an Opposition member.”
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“Writing on Conservative Home, Tim Montgomerie reports that Eric Pickles, the new Tory chairman, is off on a tour of Conservative/Lib Dem marginals in the West Country.”
“Mr. Morris has retained the title of chairman since January.”
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