• WordNet 3.6
    • v chairman act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university "She chaired the department for many years"
    • n chairman the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization "address your remarks to the chairperson"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Watson, who was the chairman of IBM in 1943 predicted that their would probably only be a world market for five computers.
    • Chairman One whose business it is to cary a chair or sedan. "Breaks watchmen's heads and chairmen's glasses."
    • Chairman The presiding officer of a committee, or of a public or private meeting, or of any organized body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chairman pl. chairmen (-men).
    • n chairman The presiding officer of an assembly, association, company, committee, or public meeting.
    • n chairman One who assists in Carrying a sedan-chair. Prior. Also called chair-bearer.
    • n chairman One who wheels an invalid's or other similar chair.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Chairman the man who takes the chair, or presides at an assembly or meeting: one who carries a sedan or Bath chair
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  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”
  • Lord Milverton
    Lord Milverton
    “The ideal committee is one with me as the chairman, and two other members in bed with the flu.”
  • Robert Clive
    Robert Clive
    “My God, Mr. Chairman, at this moment I stand astonished at my own moderation!”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chaire—L.—Gr. kathedra.


In literature:

The state chairman nodded round the table.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Our record in this country, Mr. Chairman, must begin with the Emancipation period.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
And he was in that mood when the chairman of the Republican committee called one morning.
"A Woman for Mayor" by Helen M. Winslow
The Chairman was Maurice J. Siff, '15, President of the Society.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
You have been appointed chairman of the Committee of Arrangements, with full powers to go ahead.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
We hired the best hall and advertised Sir Donald as our chairman.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Albert H. Tracy of Buffalo became its chairman.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
As a rule the chairman makes an excuse to deliver a speech on his own account.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
F. L. Cardozo was Chairman of the Committee on Education.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
James R. Crabtree served as chairman and Bertha L. Ahrens as secretary.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger

In poetry:

"Glugs," said the chairman. "Glugs of Gosh;
By order of our good King Splosh,
The Tinker and Sir Stodge shall meet,
And here, without unseemly heat,
Debate the question of the day,
Which is - However, let me say -
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
Mister Chairman; - er - ah - when
We right-thinking business men
Are treated with much scant - um - er - civility,
I say the time has come
For us to - er - ah - um -
To defend our rights and - er - respectability.
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis
Mr Gossip, a noble Highlander, acted as chairman,
And when the banquet was finished the fun began;
And I was requested to give a poetic entertainment,
Which I gave, and which pleased them to their hearts' content.
"The Heatherblend Club Banquet" by William Topaz McGonagall
I return my thanks to my Chairman and my Committee,
For the Kindness they have always shown to me.
I hope the Lord! will protect them when I am far away.
And prosper them in all their undertakings by night and by day.
"Farewell Address at the Argyle Hall" by William Topaz McGonagall
The audience were orderly and all went well,
As cheerily and as smoothly as a marriage bell.
Mr James Speedie was the chairman, and behaved right manfully,
And sang a beautiful song, which filled our hearts with glee.
"Lines in Praise of the Lyric Club Banquet" by William Topaz McGonagall
a chairman's not a chairman, son, forever,
and hurts with his appointments; ha, but circle—
take my word for it—
though maybe Frost is dying—around Mary;
forget your footnotes on the old gentleman;
dance around Mary.
"Dream Song 35: MLA" by John Berryman

In news:

EAA's new chairman of the board , Jack Pelton.
The EAA board of directors created a new chairman of the board position and on Sunday elected Jack Pelton to fill that role.
Jack is the first formally elected non-executive chairman in the history of EAA.
Newly elected Chairman of the Board , Jim Schatz.
ProLung Names Clark Campbell as Chairman of the Board .
Moscow / 3 August 2012 – Russian Helicopters announces that at a Board meeting on July, 27 Andrei Reus, General Director of Oboronprom, was elected as Chairman.
Parasol announces new Chairman of the Board .
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is very pleased to announce David Hardie as its new chairman of the board .
Granto of Niagara Falls has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of Mount St Mary's Hospital and Health Center.
Koenig replaces current president and CEO John Longstreet who also served as interim chairman since July of 2011.
The board elected Vice Chairman Robert J Kohlhepp to replace him as chairman.
Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker and other members of the board's Executive Committee on Monday put to rest any notion that the chairman's job should be part time.
A s expected, the biggest news out of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's press conferences was not anything that he said — it was the fact that the chairman of the Fed held a public press conference for the first time ever.
Sandy Morhouse, right, campaign chairman and chairman-elect of the Fort Ticonderoga board of trustees, discusses the 2012 Fort Ticonderoga capital campaign.
Bobbie Nelson, Chairman, Santa Cruz AOR Kimberly Di Benedetto, Vice Chairman, Monterey County AOR Wayne Woodyard, Vice Chairman, Laguna AOR Emily Link, C.A.R.

In science:

The following quotes are quite typical for this kind of thinking (from ): In 2004, the Federal Reserve chairman of the U.S., Alan Greenspan, stated that the rise in house values was “not enough in our judgment to raise major concerns”.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke (then Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors) said: “It’s a pretty unlikely possibility.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
I had called my design TYCHO, but for the study report in the spring of 1976 the chairman suggested that the names TYCHO and TD were not good.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
The other members were: Egidi (Frascati), Tammann (Basel), Weiss (Erlangen) and Pinkau (Chairman).
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
These notes provided the basis for the “summary talk” which I gave as chairman of the QG1 session (“Quantum Gravity Phenomenology”) at the “10th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity” (Rio de Janeiro, July 20-26, 2003).
A perspective on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology