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chairwoman

[chair-woo m-uh n] /ˈtʃɛərˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural chairwomen.
1.
a woman who presides over a meeting, committee, department, etc.
Also called chairlady.
Origin of chairwoman
1690-1700
1690-1700; chair + woman
Can be confused
chair, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)
Usage note
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  • Ruth was sent for and questioned by Miss Mackenzie, our chairwoman.

    The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • The chairwoman of most of the committees was the Baroness Contaletto.

  • She turned from her responsive audience to the chairwoman, who handed her a yellow envelope.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • When they were all seated round the table Miss Mackenzie, who was chairwoman, took out the agenda and read its contents aloud.

    The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • She greeted her chairwoman somewhat tremulously, and then faced her audience.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Word Origin and History for chairwoman
n.

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

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