chair

[ chair ]
/ tʃɛər /
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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

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English chaiere, from Old French, from Latin cathedra; see cathedra

usage note for chair

5. See chairperson.

OTHER WORDS FROM chair

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chair

chair , chairman, chairperson, chairwoman
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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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