What does Chair mean?

Definitions for Chair

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Chair.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chairnoun

    a seat for one person, with a support for the back

    "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"

  2. professorship, chairnoun

    the position of professor

    "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"

  3. president, chairman, chairwoman, chair, chairpersonnoun

    the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

    "address your remarks to the chairperson"

  4. electric chair, chair, death chair, hot seatnoun

    an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person

    "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"

  5. chairverb

    a particular seat in an orchestra

    "he is second chair violin"

  6. chair, chairmanverb

    act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university

    "She chaired the department for many years"

  7. moderate, chair, leadverb

    preside over

    "John moderated the discussion"


  1. Chairverb

    To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he chaired the meeting.


  1. chairnoun

    An item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.

    All I need to weather a snowstorm is hot coffee, a warm fire, a good book and a comfortable chair.

  2. chairnoun


  3. chairnoun

    The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.

    My violin teacher used to play first chair with the Boston Pops.

  4. chairnoun

    Blocks that support and hold railroad track in position, and similar devices.

  5. chairnoun

    One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.

  6. chairnoun

    The electric chair.

  7. chairnoun

    A professorship at a university

  8. chairverb

    To act as chairperson.

    Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting.

  9. chairverb

    To carry someone in a seated position upon one's shoulders, especially in celebration or victory

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHAIRnoun

    Etymology: chair, Fr.

    Whether thou choose Cervantes’ serious air,
    Or laugh and shake in Rab’lais’ easy chair,
    Or praise the court, or magnify mankind,
    Or thy griev’d country’s copper chains unbind. Alexander Pope.

    If a chair be defined a seat for a single person, with a back belonging to it, then a stool is a seat for a single person, without a back. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    He makes for England, here to claim the crown. ——
    —— Is the chair empty? Is the sword unsway’d?
    Is the king dead? William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    If thou be that princely eagle’s bird,
    Show thy descent by gazing ’gainst the sun;
    For chair and dukedom, throne and kingdom, say;
    Either that’s thine, or else thou wert not his. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    The honour’d gods
    Keep Rome in safety, and the chairs of justice
    Supply with worthy men. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The committee of the commons appointed Mr. Pym to take the chair. Edward Hyde.

    Her grace sat down to rest a while,
    In a rich chair of state. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    In this high temple, on a chair of state,
    The seat of audience, old Latinus sate. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Think what an equipage thou hast in air,
    And view with scorn two pages and a chair. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chairnoun

    a movable single seat with a back

  2. Chairnoun

    an official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself

  3. Chairnoun

    the presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair

  4. Chairnoun

    a vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig

  5. Chairnoun

    an iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers

  6. Chairverb

    to place in a chair

  7. Chairverb

    to carry publicly in a chair in triumph

  8. Etymology: [OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F. chaire pulpit, fr. L. cathedra chair, armchair, a teacher's or professor's chair, Gr. down + seat, to sit, akin to E. sit. See Sit, and cf. Cathedral, chaise.]


  1. Chair

    A chair is a piece of furniture with a raised surface used to sit on, commonly for use by one person. Chairs are most often supported by four legs and have a back; however, a chair can have three legs or could have a different shape. A chair without a back or arm rests is a stool, or when raised up, a bar stool. A chair with arms is an armchair and with folding action and inclining footrest, a recliner. A permanently fixed chair in a train or theater is a seat or, in an airplane, airline seat; when riding, it is a saddle and bicycle saddle, and for an automobile, a car seat or infant car seat. With wheels it is a wheelchair and when hung from above, a swing. A chair for more than one person is a couch, sofa, settee, or "loveseat"; or a bench. A separate footrest for a chair is known as an ottoman, hassock or pouffe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chair

    chār, n. a movable seat for one, with a back to it: a covered vehicle for one person, as a sedan-chair: the seat or office of one in authority, as a judge, a bishop, or the person presiding over any meeting—hence 'to take the chair' = to assume the place of president; 'to address the chair' = to direct one's speech to the chairman; 'to support the chair' = to uphold the authority of the chairman—often, when endangered in a public meeting, asserted by cries of 'Chair!': the seat from which a professor delivers his lectures, the office or function of a professor—'socialists of the chair' = mere doctrinaire or theoretical advocates of socialism: cast-iron supports for rails under the permanent way in a railway, held by wooden wedges, and spiked on to transverse wooden sleepers.—v.t. to place in a seat of authority: to carry publicly in triumph.—n. Chair′-bed, a kind of chair capable of being turned into a bed.—n.pl. Chair′-days (Shak.), used figuratively to denote the evening of life.—ns. Chair′man, the man who takes the chair, or presides at an assembly or meeting: one who carries a sedan or Bath chair; Chair′manship; Chair′-or′gan, a corruption of choir-organ (q.v.); Chair′woman. [Fr. chaire—L.—Gr. kathedra.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. CHAIR

    Four-legged aid to the injured. CHARITY Forehanded aid to the indigent.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. chair

    See Ordnance, Carriages for, Nomenclature of Artillery Carriage.

Editors Contribution

  1. chair

    A type of furniture created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    We have chairs at our open space living room and kitchen with a beautiful table to match, we feel very grateful x

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Chair' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1441

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Chair' in Written Corpus Frequency: #896

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Chair' in Nouns Frequency: #463

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Chair' in Verbs Frequency: #1068

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chair in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Chair in a Sentence

  1. Maria Zakharova:

    I can say this invitation was sent to the head of the Turkish foreign ministry, it is Russia's obligation as chair of this organization.

  2. Warren Davidson:

    Today is a good day for Americans. By removing Liz Cheney as conference chair, the House GOP has reaffirmed its commitment to policies that put Americans first, hopefully we can complete the shift in focus to break the waning remnants of neoconservative policies that have left America less free, less safe, and more burdened by debt.

  3. Bennie Thompson:

    I’m pleased that Ms. Cheney has agreed to serve as the select committee’s Vice Chair, we are fortunate to have a partner of such strength and courage, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we uncover the facts, tell the American people the full story of January 6th, and ensure that nothing like that day ever happens again.

  4. Harold Ford Jr.:

    He was just a wealth of information. He loved what we do, he loved politics, he loved talking about it, he loved arguing about it. And I used to love- he used to sit on a chair outside by the studio out there, and he would just sit out there on a nice day all day long, you'd come by, he'd strike up a conversation with you. We will miss him.

  5. Guy Clark:

    I turned in my chair and it was right there in front of me. The lyrics just poured out because all it boiled down to was describing the picture.

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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. instigation
    • B. auspices
    • C. calcaneus
    • D. ventricle

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