What does chair mean?

Definitions for chair

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chair(noun)

    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, chair(noun)

    the position of professor

    "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"

  3. president, chairman, chairwoman, chair, chairperson(noun)

    the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

    "address your remarks to the chairperson"

  4. electric chair, chair, death chair, hot seat(noun)

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

    "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"

  5. chair(verb)

    a particular seat in an orchestra

    "he is second chair violin"

  6. chair, chairman(verb)

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

    "She chaired the department for many years"

  7. moderate, chair, lead(verb)

    preside over

    "John moderated the discussion"


  1. Chair(v. t.)

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


  1. chair(Noun)

    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. chair(Noun)


  3. chair(Noun)

    The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.

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

  4. chair(Noun)

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

  5. chair(Noun)

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

  6. chair(Noun)

    The electric chair.

  7. chair(Noun)

    A professorship at a university

  8. chair(Verb)

    To act as chairperson.

    Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting.

  9. chair(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chair(noun)

    a movable single seat with a back

  2. Chair(noun)

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

  3. Chair(noun)

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

  4. Chair(noun)

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

  5. Chair(noun)

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

  6. Chair(verb)

    to place in a chair

  7. Chair(verb)

    to carry publicly in a chair in triumph

  8. Origin: [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.

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

How to pronounce chair?

  1. Alex
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How to say chair in sign language?

  1. chair


  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. Andrea Schulz:

    I jumped out of my chair to acquire it.

  2. Jen Merrill:

    I was out back sitting in the chair there.

  3. Melania Trump:

    You got very tall, oh, I think it's my chair.

  4. Vin Scully:

    Pull up a chair, should be a great ballgame ahead.

  5. Tracy Heu:

    She tried to climb back on the chair and then he shot her.

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