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[vahys-chair-muh n] /ˈvaɪsˈtʃɛər mən/
noun, plural vice-chairmen.
a member of a committee, board, group, etc., designated as immediately subordinate to a chairman and serving as such in the latter's absence; a person who acts for and assists a chairman.
Origin of vice-chairman
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The committee elects its own chairman, vice-chairman, and honorary secretary.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • Mr. Robert Lovat Fraser, vice-chairman, replied to the toast.

    The Clan Fraser in Canada Alexander Fraser
  • He was unable to comprehend this, nor could he sit still any longer, and so resigning his place to the vice-chairman, he left.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • That gentleman became the director of several lines, and vice-chairman of one over which Mr. Vigo himself presided.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • They also elect a chairman, a vice-chairman, a secretary, and a treasurer.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • The chairman is generally the most distinguished, and the vice-chairman the most active man in the Union.

  • The vice-chairman was the true centre and spirit of the circle.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • The vice-chairman, Marthorne's friend and mentor, had connections with very high people indeed.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • He was a red—hot orangeman, a deputy—grand something, and vice-chairman of the "'Prentice Boys" beside.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
British Dictionary definitions for vice-chairman


noun (pl) -men
a person who deputizes for a chairman and serves in his place during his absence or indisposition
Derived Forms
vice-chairmanship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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