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the presiding officer of a meeting, committee, board, etc.
the administrative head of a department in a high school, college, or university.
someone employed to carry or wheel a person in a chair.
to act as or be chairman of (a meeting, committee, etc.).
noun (pl) -men
Also called chairperson, (fem) chairwoman. a person who presides over a company’s board of directors, a committee, a debate, an administrative department, etc
(history) someone who carries a sedan chair

1650s, “occupier of a chair of authority,” from chair (n.) + man (n.). Meaning “member of a corporate body chosen to preside at meetings” is from c.1730. Chairwoman in this sense first attested 1752; chairperson 1971.


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