Definition of “chair” - English Dictionary

“chair” in British English

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chairnoun [ C ]

uk /tʃeər/ us /tʃer/

chair noun [ C ] (FURNITURE)

A1 a seat for one person that has a back, usually four legs, and sometimes two arms

the chair

informal for the electric chair

Examples

  • Don't tip your chair back like that, you'll fall.
  • The coat was thrown over the back of the chair.
  • She slumped into the chair, exhausted.
  • The new chairs were covered in protective plastic wrappings.
  • We need a chair for Ian - could you get one from the other room?

chairverb [ T ]

uk /tʃeər/ us /tʃer/

(Definition of “chair” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“chair” in American English

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chairnoun [ C ]

us /tʃeər/

chair noun [ C ] (FURNITURE)

a movable seat that has a part for your back to rest against, usually four legs, and sometimes two side parts for your arms

chair noun [ C ] (PERSON IN CHARGE)

chairverb [ T ]

us /tʃer, tʃær/

chair verb [ T ] (BE IN CHARGE)

to be the person in charge of a meeting:

Would you chair tomorrow’s meeting?

(Definition of “chair” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“chair” in Business English

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chairnoun

uk /tʃeər/ us

[ C ] MEETINGS a person who is in charge of a meeting:

act as chair John Taylor, who was acting as chair of the meeting, brought it to a close at 4 p.m.
All questions should be addressed to the chair.

[ S ] MEETINGS the position of being in charge of a meeting:

take the chair I suggest that Barbara take the chair for this meeting.

[ C ] a person who is in charge of a committee or organization:

appoint/elect sb (as) chair She was elected chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

[ C ] WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a person who is in charge of a company:

serve/act as chair For the past three years he has served as the company's chair, president, and CEO.
appoint/select sb as chair The board of directors recently appointed Ms McCann as the new chair.

chairverb [ I or T ]

uk /tʃeər/ us

MEETINGS to be in charge of a meeting or a committee:

Stephen will be chairing the meeting in my absence.
A San Francisco assemblyman will chair the legislative hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday.

(Definition of “chair” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)