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A chair is a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, with a support for the person's back. When a chair is a very simple one, you say that someone sits on it.
When a chair is a comfortable one, you usually say that someone sits in it.
An armchair is a comfortable chair with a support on each side for your arms. You always say that someone sits in an armchair.
chair chairperson chairman chairwoman
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.
A chairman is a man who is in charge of a meeting or debate.
The male head of an organization is often referred to as its chairman.
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.
Past participle: chaired
|Noun||1.||chair - a seat for one person, with a support for the back; "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"|
armchair - chair with a support on each side for arms
backrest, back - a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
barber chair - a large fixed adjustable chair in which barbers seat their customers
chair of state - a ceremonial chair for an exalted or powerful person
Eames chair - a chair designed by Charles Eames; originally made of molded plywood; seat and back shaped to fit the human body
fighting chair - a fixed chair from which a saltwater angler can fight a hooked fish
folding chair - a chair that can be folded flat for storage
feeding chair, highchair - a chair for feeding a very young child; has four long legs and a footrest and a detachable tray
leg - one of the supports for a piece of furniture
seat - furniture that is designed for sitting on; "there were not enough seats for all the guests"
swivel chair - a chair that swivels on its base
tablet-armed chair - a chair with an arm that has been widened for writing
wheelchair - a movable chair mounted on large wheels; for invalids or those who cannot walk; frequently propelled by the occupant
|2.||chair - the position of professor; "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"|
|3.||chair - 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
|4.||chair - an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person; "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"|
instrument of execution - an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
|5.||chair - a particular seat in an orchestra; "he is second chair violin"|
seat - any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
|Verb||1.||chair - act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; "She chaired the department for many years"|
|2.||chair - preside over; "John moderated the discussion"|
Types of chairarmchair, banquette, barrel chair, bar stool, basket chair, Bath chair, beanbag, bench, bentwood chair, berbice chair, bergère, bucket seat, campaign chair, camp chair, cane chair, carver, cathedra, corner chair, curule chair, deck chair, dining chair, director's chair, dos-à-dos, easy chair, fauteuil, fiddle-back, folding chair, form, garden chair, gestatorial chair, hassock, highchair, jampan (kneeling chair), ladder-back chair, lounger, milking stool, Morris chair, music stool (office chair), opsitbank (S. Afr.), ottoman, pew, piano stool, platform rocker, pouf or pouffe, reclining chair or recliner, rocking chair or rocker, sedan chair, settle, shooting stick, stool, straight chair, súgán chair, swing, swivel chair, throne, tub chair, wheelchair, window seat, Windsor chair, Windsor rocker, wing chair
please take a chair → siéntese or tome asiento por favor
to be in the chair; take the chair → presidir
to address the chair → dirigirse al presidente