[ chair ]
/ tʃɛər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to preside over a meeting, committee, etc.


    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 forms

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

Can be confused

chair chairman chairperson chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)

Usage note

5. See chairperson. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chaired

British Dictionary definitions for chaired


/ (tʃɛə) /


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 chaired


see musical chairs.

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