chairwoman

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

noun, plural chair·wom·en.

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

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

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