chair

[ chair ]
/ tʃɛər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to preside over a meeting, committee, etc.

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Idioms for chair

    get the chair, to be sentenced to die in the electric chair.
    take the chair,
    1. to begin or open a meeting.
    2. to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson.

Origin of chair

1250–1300; Middle English chaiere < Old French < Latin cathedra; see cathedra

usage note for chair

5. See chairperson.

OTHER WORDS FROM chair

chair·less, adjectiveun·chair, verb (used with object)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chair

chair chairman chairperson chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)
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British Dictionary definitions for chair

chair
/ (tʃɛə) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for chair

C13: from Old French chaiere, from Latin cathedra, from Greek kathedra, from kata- down + hedra seat; compare cathedral
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Idioms and Phrases with chair

chair

see musical chairs.

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