chair

[ chair ]
/ tʃɛər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to preside over a meeting, committee, etc.

Nearby words

  1. chainsaw,
  2. chainsman,
  3. chainstitch,
  4. chainwheel,
  5. chainwork,
  6. chair bed,
  7. chair car,
  8. chair lift,
  9. chair rail,
  10. chair table

Idioms

    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

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

Can be confusedchair chairman chairperson chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)

Usage note

5. See chairperson.

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British Dictionary definitions for chaired

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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Word Origin and History for chaired
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Idioms and Phrases with chaired

chair

see musical chairs.

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