Meaning of “chairman” in the English Dictionary

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chairmannoun [ C ]

plural -men /-mən/ also chair, chairperson uk /ˈtʃeə.mən/ us /ˈtʃer.mən/

Examples from literature

  • Delegations appointed State chairmen and secretaries to carry on the work of further organization for the November convention. 
  • I became the chairman of a glee club, which I conducted at public concerts, in spite of my youth. 
  • It seemed to be at hand, and in a parliamentary uproar the "question" was vehemently demanded, but the chairman skillfully managed at length to secure an adjournment. 
  • The chairman of the committee boasted that the number of petitioners the present session, for the abolition of slavery in the District, was only thirty-four thousand! 
  • The chairman said that there was little doubt but that further investigation into electrolytic methods of chemical analysis would give even more valuable results than those already obtained. 
  • Those who took sugar in theirs had the cup dashed from their lips just as they were draining the delicious dregs, for the officer and culprit appeared, and the chairman rapped the assembly to order. 

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

"chairman" in American English

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chairmannoun [ C ]

us /ˈtʃeər·mən/ plural -men /ˈtʃeər·mən/

a person in charge of a meeting, organization, or department; a chairperson

Note: Although chairman can refer to a person of either sex, chairperson or chair is often preferred to avoid giving the idea the person is necessarily male.

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

"chairman" in Business English

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chairmannoun [ C ]

/ˈtʃeəmən/ uk us plural chairmen

MEETINGS a person, especially a man, who is in charge of a meeting:

The chairman called the meeting to order.

a person who is in charge of a committee or an organization:

appoint sb (as) chairman He was appointed chairman of the British Bankers' Association.
serve/resign/step down as chairman She has decided to step down as chairman next year.

WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a person who is in charge of a large company, especially the chairman of the board:

appoint sb (as) chairman She was one of the few women to be appointed chairman of a FTSE 100 company.
serve/resign/step down as chairman After serving as chairman for the past five years, he will retire at the end of the next financial year.
The chairman's role includes managing the board's business and acting as its facilitator and guide.
deputy/vice chairman Dr Johnson was not only vice chairman but also one of the founders of the company.

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