Chair - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃer|  American pronunciation of the word chair
Brit.  |tʃɛː|  British pronunciation of the word chair


- a seat for one person, with a support for the back
- the position of professor(syn: professorship)
- the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization(syn: chairman, chairperson, chairwoman, president)
- an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person
- a particular seat in an orchestra


- act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university(syn: chairman)
- preside over (syn: lead, moderate)


We'll need a table and four chairs for the dining room.

He is now chair of the English department.

She's chair of the school board this year.

Address any questions to the committee chair.

a murderer who was sentenced to the chair

He's been chosen to chair the task force on school violence.

The offices were newly chaired.

He was sitting in a chair.

He sank back into his chair.

Address your questions to the chair, please.

Who will be in the chair at tomorrow's meeting?

He was nominated as chair of the board of governors.

The inquiry was chaired by a judge.


She was voted into the chair.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: chair
he/she/it: chairs
present participle: chairing
past tense: chaired
past participle: chaired
singular: chair
plural: chairs
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