chairman

[ chair-muh n ]
/ ˈtʃɛər mən /

noun, plural chair·men.

the presiding officer of a meeting, committee, board, etc.
the administrative head of a department in a high school, college, or university.
someone employed to carry or wheel a person in a chair.

verb (used with object), chair·maned or chair·manned, chair·man·ing or chair·man·ning.

to act as or be chairman of (a meeting, committee, etc.).

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Origin of chairman

First recorded in 1645–55; chair + -man

usage note for chairman

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chairman

chair chairman chairperson chairwoman (see usage note at chairperson)
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British Dictionary definitions for chairman

chairman
/ (ˈtʃɛəmən) /

noun plural -men

Also called: chairperson, (fem) chairwoman a person who presides over a company's board of directors, a committee, a debate, an administrative department, etc
history someone who carries a sedan chair

Derived forms of chairman

chairmanship, noun

usage for chairman

Chairman can seem inappropriate when applied to a woman, while chairwoman can be offensive. Chair and chairperson can be applied to either a man or a woman; chair is generally preferred to chairperson
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