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chairwoman

[chair-woo m-uh n]
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noun, plural chair·wom·en.
  1. a woman who presides over a meeting, committee, department, etc.

Origin of chairwoman

First recorded in 1690–1700; chair + woman
Also called chairlady.
Can be confusedchair chairman chairperson chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for chairwoman

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Historical Examples

  • The chairwoman of most of the committees was the Baroness Contaletto.

  • "Silence, if you please, for the Chairwoman," said Miss Gilchrist.

    The Tree of Heaven

    May Sinclair

  • Ruth was sent for and questioned by Miss Mackenzie, our chairwoman.

    The Rebel of the School

    Mrs. L. T. Meade

  • 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


Word Origin and History for chairwoman

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper