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definition of the word chairman

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From chair + man



chairman (plural chairmen)

  1. A person presiding over a meeting.
  2. The head of a corporate or governmental board of directors, a committee, or other formal entity.
  3. (historical) Someone whose job is to carry people in a portable chair, sedan-chair, or similar conveyance.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 618:
      Mr Western entered; but not before a small wrangling bout had passed between him and his chairmen; for the fellows, who had taken up their burden at the Hercules Pillars, had conceived no hopes of having any future good customer in the squire [...]

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