[ vahys-chair-muhn ]

noun,plural vice-chair·men.
  1. a member of a committee, board, group, etc., designated as immediately subordinate to a chairman and serving as such in the latter's absence; a person who acts for and assists a chairman.

Origin of vice-chairman

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby vice-chairman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vice-chairman in a sentence

  • That gentleman became the director of several lines, and vice-chairman of one over which Mr. Vigo himself presided.

    Endymion | Benjamin Disraeli
  • The chairman is generally the most distinguished, and the vice-chairman the most active man in the Union.

  • In April, 1892, having previously filled the office of vice-chairman, he was made chairman of the Board of Management.

    Norfolk Annals | Charles Mackie
  • He was unable to comprehend this, nor could he sit still any longer, and so resigning his place to the vice-chairman, he left.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches | Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • The vice-chairman, Marthorne's friend and mentor, had connections with very high people indeed.

    Hodge and His Masters | Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for vice-chairman


nounplural -men
  1. a person who deputizes for a chairman and serves in his place during his absence or indisposition

Derived forms of vice-chairman

  • vice-chairmanship, noun

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