- 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
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Examples from the Web for vice-chairman
Most immediately, he has to select a new chairman and vice-chairman of the joint chiefs, as well as a chief of naval operations.Panetta's Thankless New Job
April 28, 2011
Mr. Robert Lovat Fraser, Vice-chairman, replied to the toast.The Clan Fraser in Canada
They also elect a chairman, a vice-chairman, a secretary, and a treasurer.Etiquette
The Vice-Chairman was the true centre and spirit of the circle.
The Vice-Chairman was always there, and Mr. Marthorne was always there.
He was a red—hot orangeman, a deputy—grand something, and vice-chairman of the "'Prentice Boys" beside.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
- a person who deputizes for a chairman and serves in his place during his absence or indisposition
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