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[chair-woo m-uh n] /ˈtʃɛərˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural chairwomen.
a woman who presides over a meeting, committee, department, etc.
Also called chairlady.
Origin of chairwoman
1690-1700; chair + woman
Can be confused
chair, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for chairwoman
  • The chairwoman insisted that she had sent an e-mail message discouraging graduate students from withholding grades.
Word Origin and History for chairwoman

"woman who leads a formal meeting," 1752, from chair (n.) + woman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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