chair-manned

chairman

[chair-muhn]
noun, plural chairmen.
1.
the presiding officer of a meeting, committee, board, etc.
2.
the administrative head of a department in a high school, college, or university.
3.
someone employed to carry or wheel a person in a chair.
verb (used with object), chairmaned or chairmanned, chairmaning or chairmanning.
4.
to act as or be chairman of (a meeting, committee, etc.).

Origin:
1645–55; chair + -man

chair, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson).


See chairperson.
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chairman (ˈtʃɛəmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  chairperson, Also called: chairwoman a person who presides over a company's board of directors, a committee, a debate, an administrative department, etc
2.  history someone who carries a sedan chair
 
usage  Chairman can seem inappropriate when applied to a woman, while chairwoman can be offensive. Chair and chairperson can be applied to either a man or a woman; chair is generally preferred to chairperson
 
'chairmanship
 
n

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chairman
1654, "occupier of a chair of authority," from chair + man. Meaning "member of a corporate body chosen to preside at meetings" is from c.1730.
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