the office or rank of chairman.

1840–50; chairman + -ship Unabridged
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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

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In other cases, a department may have only a small coterie of senior scholars, all of whom have taken turns at the chairmanship.
He will also step down from the board next spring, and he has agreed not to seek the firm's chairmanship.
Some reported candidates for the chairmanship, on the other hand, could be disastrous.
In keeping with the bipartisan nature of the committee the chairmanship of the committee changes every two years.
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