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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
He calls its president its chairman or managing director.
Skill at fighting for your department is part of the chairman's job but it is
  not the purpose of academic leadership.
The chairman knew perfectly well that he was going to be harming the
  environment and decided to go ahead anyway.
Delegates postponed a decision about the exact terms of office of the group's
  chairman and head of the secretariat.
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