[ chair-woo m-uh n ]
/ ˈtʃɛərˌwʊm ən /

noun, plural chair·wom·en.

a woman who presides over a meeting, committee, department, etc.

Nearby words

  1. chairlift,
  2. chairman,
  3. chairman of the board,
  4. chairmanship,
  5. chairperson,
  6. chais,
  7. chaise,
  8. chaise longue,
  9. chaise lounge,
  10. chaitya

Origin of chairwoman

First recorded in 1690–1700; chair + woman

Also called chairlady.

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

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for chairwoman



"woman who leads a formal meeting," 1752, from chair (n.) + woman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper