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1. A woman presiding officer of an assembly, meeting, committee, or board.
2. A woman administrative head of a department of instruction, as at a college.


(ˈtʃɛərˌwʊm ən)

n., pl. -wom•en.
a woman who presides over a meeting, committee, etc., or heads a board or department.
usage: See -woman.


1. 'chair' and 'chairperson'

The person in charge of a meeting or organization is referred to as the chair, or sometimes the chairperson. These words can be used to refer to either a man or a woman.

This is Ruth Michaels, chairperson of the Women Returners' Network.
You should address your remarks to the chair.
2. 'chairman'

A chairman is a man who is in charge of a meeting or debate.

The vicar, full of apologies, took his seat as chairman.

The male head of an organization is often referred to as its chairman.

Sir John Hill, chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority, gave the opening speech.
3. 'chairwoman'

In the past, chairman was used to refer to both men and women, but it is now not often used to refer to a woman. The woman in charge of a meeting or organization is sometimes referred to as the chairwoman.

Margaret Downes is this year's chairwoman of the Irish Institute.
Siobhan is a BBC radio journalist, and chairwoman of The Scottish Ballet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chairwoman - the officer who presides at the meetings of an organizationchairwoman - the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; "address your remarks to the chairperson"
Kalon Tripa - the chairman of the Kashag and essentially head of the Tibetan government-in-exile
presiding officer - the leader of a group meeting
vice chairman - one ranking below or serving in the place of a chairman
رَئيسُ الجَلْسَه


[ˈtʃɛəˌwʊmən] N (chairwomen (pl)) → presidenta f


[ˈtʃɛərwʊmən] nprésidente f


[ˈtʃɛəˌwʊmən] n (-women (pl)) → presidentessa


(tʃeə) noun
1. a movable seat for one person, with a back to it. a table and four chairs.
2. the position of a person who is chairman at a meeting etc. Who is in the chair?
3. the office of a university professor. He holds the chair of History at this university.
to be chairman at (a meeting etc). He chaired the meeting last night.
ˈchairlift noun
a set of seats hanging from a cable, used to take skiers etc up a mountain.
ˈchairman, chairperson, chairwoman nouns
a person who takes charge of or directs a meeting.
ˈchairmanship noun

Address a male chairman as Mr Chairman, and a female chairman as Madam Chairman.
References in classic literature ?
In order to that I found out by inquiry the plantation where he lived, and with a woman of that place whom I got to help me, like what we call a chairwoman, I rambled about towards the place as if I had only a mind to see the country and look about me.
The focus must be on people as well as profit, because committed and highly qualified people are the basis of our company and its most valuable asset," said Birgit Steinborn, Chairwoman of the Central Works Council of Siemens AG.
H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Chairwoman of Supreme Council for Motherhood '&' Childhood, was honored by the Khawla Cultural Majlis at a special gathering in celebration of the forthcoming Mother's Day.
Summary: Rabat - HRH Princess Lalla Salma, Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Association for the Fight against Cancer (ALSC), accompanied by Princess Ghida Talal and Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, respectively Chairwoman and Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, launched Monday at the Rabat National Oncology Institute, the project Access to innovative medicine on the occasion of National Cancer Day.
Blake became the 1997-98 chairwoman of the board of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy at its 90th annual meeting.
Summary: Nora Al Suwaidi, Chairwoman of UAE sports mission participating in the third GCC Women Sports Tournament in Bahrain, has lauded the great role of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the empowerment of Emirati women to occupy positions in all sectors.
Summary: Marrakech - Princess Lalla Meryem, chairwoman of the National Observatory on Child Rights (ONDE), chaired, Friday in Marrakech, the ceremony of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Summary: Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, attended today the official inauguration of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.