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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.
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A number of ministers who supported the march of the two councils will be awarded during the ceremony as well as former chairmen of chambers of commerce in the country, former chairwomen of Emirates and Abu Dhabi business women councils and a number of dignitaries who had a role in the success of the two councils in realizing entrepreneurship and leading businesswomen and women entrepreneurs in the UAE.
Other chairwomen will be: Dorothy Harvey, sunshine; Virginia Williams, historian; Poblete and Stuart, reception hostesses; and Naomi Tanikawa, Methodist Hospital key woman.
Luncheon chairwomen were Shirley Fischer of Beverly Hills and Iris Bovee of Sherman Oaks.