verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- chair bed,
- chair car,
- chair lift,
- chair rail,
- chair table
- to begin or open a meeting.
- to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson.
Origin of chair
Examples from the Web for chaired
Its board of directors is chaired by billionaire industrialist and conservative political donor Charles G. Koch.
This isn't the first scandal for Conyers, who chaired the House Judiciary Committee from 2006-2010.After 49 Years In Congress, John Conyers May Not Make The Ballot|Ben Jacobs|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was sponsored by something called the American Fact-Finding Committee, chaired by ring-wing organizer Bernard Weissman.Dallas Lays Elaborate but Dignified Plans to Celebrate Assassination Anniversary|Helen Anders|November 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Gala, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, will be chaired by Aerin Lauder.Kate Moss and Johnny Depp Reunite for Music Video; Mario Testino Receives Honorary OBE from Queen|The Fashion Beast Team|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All but Ryan have chaired the Republican Study Committee, the bloc of arch-conservatives in the House.
Not contented with vociferous cheering, he was chaired and borne around in triumph, much to his discomfort.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
The day the member was chaired, several men in Coningsby's rooms were talking over their triumph.Coningsby|Benjamin Disraeli
Two or three decent little tabled and chaired and lighted rooms would do.The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II|Henry James
Mr. Phillips refused to be chaired, saying that he should spend the money amongst the people in other ways.Worcestershire in the Nineteenth Century|T. C. Turberville
I would have thee to understand, sirrah, that thou art fitter for the house they have chaired thee unto than for mine.
Word Origin for chair
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.
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.
see musical chairs.