verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to begin or open a meeting.
- to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson.
Origin of chair
Related Words for chairbench, armchair, recliner, sling, rocker, cathedra, throne, chairperson, monitor, fellowship, director, tutor, helm, captain, leader, principal, tutorship, professorship, instructorship, professorate
Examples from the Web for chair
Contemporary Examples of chair
While 19 percent of the House is female, just one woman will get to chair one of its 20 committees.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Still fearful and smarting from the pain, I arrived on time and was led to chair in his office.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
I started to squirm in my chair and Jimbo put his hand back on my shoulder to settle me down.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Slouching in her chair she is in defensive mode when describing the age of her latest lover.When Eva Braun Met Anna Nicole Smith
October 26, 2014
At that first meeting, activists elected Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov to be the chair for their society.The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience
October 13, 2014
Historical Examples of chair
He sat down in a chair, and stretched out his legs, with an air of being at home.Brave and Bold
Percval quickly helped him into a chair, where he became limp.
"I knew he'd plunge," he said, taking the chair proffered him, near Shepler's desk.
Grace sprang from her chair and began slipping into her wraps.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Opposite him sat a tall fellow very erect and stiff in his chair.Way of the Lawless
Word Origin for chair
early 13c., chaere, from Old French chaiere "chair, seat, throne" (12c.; Modern French chaire "pulpit, throne;" the more modest sense having gone since 16c. with variant form chaise), from Latin cathedra "seat" (see cathedral).
Figurative sense of "authority" was in Middle English, of bishops and professors. Meaning "office of a professor" (1816) is extended from the seat from which a professor lectures (mid-15c.). Meaning "seat of a person presiding at meeting" is from 1640s. As short for electric chair from 1900.
mid-15c., "install in a chair or seat" (implied in chairing), from chair (n.); meaning "preside over" (a meeting, etc.) is attested by 1921. Related: Chaired.
see musical chairs.