What does chairman mean?

Definitions for chairman
ˈtʃɛər məncha·ir·man

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. president, chairman, chairwoman, chair, chairpersonverb

    the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

    "address your remarks to the chairperson"

  2. chair, chairmanverb

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

    "She chaired the department for many years"


  1. chairmannoun

    A person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.

  2. chairmannoun

    The head of a corporate or governmental board of directors, a committee, or other formal entity.

  3. chairmannoun

    Someone whose job is to carry people in a portable chair, sedan-chair, or similar conveyance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chairmannoun

    Etymology: from chair and man.

    In these assemblies generally one person is chosen chairman or moderator, to keep the several speakers to the rules of order. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    One elbows him, one justles in the shole,
    A rafter breaks his head, or chairman ’s pole. Dryden.

    Troy chairmen bore the wooden steed,
    Pregnant with Greeks, impatient to be freed;
    Those bully Greeks, who, as the moderns do,
    Instead of paying chairmen, run them through. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Chairman

    The chairperson, also chairman, chairwoman or chair, is the presiding officer of an organized group such as a board, committee, or deliberative assembly. The person holding the office, who is typically elected or appointed by members of the group, presides over meetings of the group, and conducts the group's business in an orderly fashion.In some organizations, the chairperson is also known as president (or other title). In others, where a board appoints a president (or other title), the two terms are used for distinct positions. Also, the chairman term may be used in a neutral manner not directly implying the gender of the holder.


  1. chairman

    A chairman is the presiding officer or highest-ranking official in an organized group, committee, board, or corporation, responsible for conducting its meetings, leading discussions, and overseeing operations. The chairman makes decisions on behalf of the organization, often carries the highest level of authority, and acts as a representative or spokesperson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chairmannoun

    the presiding officer of a committee, or of a public or private meeting, or of any organized body

  2. Chairmannoun

    one whose business it is to cary a chair or sedan


  1. Chairman

    The chairman, also simply known as the chair, is the highest officer of an organized group such as a board committee, or deliberative assembly. The person holding the office is typically elected or appointed by the members of the group. The chairman presides over meetings of the assembled group and conducts its business in an orderly fashion. When the group is not in session, the officer's duties often include acting as its head, its representative to the outside world and its spokesperson.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. Chairman

    Provides the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

  2. Chairman

    Provides the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Editors Contribution

  1. chairmannoun

    An upper class seat for one person, typically in charge of a meeting or organization in position to carry the courage of victory with honor. 1.) A person, a man, designated to preside over a meeting. The permanent or long-term president of a committee, company, or other organization. 2.) A person who is the administrative head of a department of instruction at a college or university. 3.) A sedan-bearer.

    The Chairman of Time is elected to be the son of Man in the Holy scriptures.

    Etymology: Tony Ray Lucas

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on December 5, 2023  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chairman' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #983

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chairman' in Written Corpus Frequency: #576

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chairman' in Nouns Frequency: #380

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chairman in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chairman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of chairman in a Sentence

  1. Chief Financial Officer David Chang:

    Our chairman has chatted about the topic internally, still, the chances of an actual takeover are not big as Asustek is a company that has depended on organic growth.

  2. Marvin Ammori:

    All afternoon in fact I've received emails and calls from entrepreneurs across the country encouraged by the chairman's remarks, willing to work with him.

  3. Nobuo Gohara:

    What investors are most concerned about is whether the current top executives, including the chairman and CEO, are responsible ... It feels strange that the company has not touched on why the current CEO is not held accountable.

  4. Elijah Cummings:

    The chairman asked me back in September to inquire as to whether Secretary Clinton would testify, she immediately said she would and that she wanted to come in December, but if December did not work, she would come in January. She said I'll do it, period. The fact is she was very clear. She did not hesitate for one second.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    The last thing we need is a president threatening the chairman of the Fed on whether he is raising or lowering rates in tune with the president's politics, you have to have an independent Federal Reserve.

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