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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
First recorded in 1690-1700; chair + woman
Can be confused
chair, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)
Usage note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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