- 1A separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs.More example sentences
- Cafe tables and chairs face a bench seat below a lowered ceiling that curves for an atmospheric effect.
- Four navy blue upholstered chairs surrounded a wooden coffee table that had stacks of magazines on top.
- We ordered a dining table and four chairs and were given a delivery time of two weeks.
- 1.1 short for chairlift.
- 1.2 (the chair) short for electric chair.More example sentences
- They fear this peaceful drug dealer and, because of this fear, they want him to die by the chair of electrocution.
- At the trial the man is sent down for murder and seeing as it's Texas he's sent to the electric chair.
- One by one, states are pulling the plug on the chairs popularly known as Old Sparky.
- 2The person in charge of a meeting or organization (used as a neutral alternative to chairman or chairwoman): a three-year term as the board’s deputy chairMore example sentences
- The princess is the chair of the sister organization in the United Kingdom.
- Members will choose a new chair during the next meeting, scheduled for November 17th.
- ‘Mr Clark was the chair of the meeting and made a joke of this,’ Mr Morgan said.
- 2.1An official position of authority, for example on a board of directors: the editorial chairMore example sentences
- Thus, presidents in Georgia do not report directly to a local board chair.
- There is one very interesting comment in the article from the school board vice chair.
- She will preside as chair over the board of directors, executive committee and house of delegates.
- 2.2 (also chair umpire) Tennis another term for umpire.
- 3A professorship: he held a chair in physicsMore example sentences
- In a room full of students, college professors and department chairs, nervous laughter again followed.
- By the 1920's the German historical school was on its last legs but still ensconced in the professorial chairs.
- The Smiths' gift will be used for endowed chairs, professorships and student scholarships.
- 4A particular seat in an orchestra: [as modifier, in combination]: she was fourth-chair trumpetMore example sentences
- She was first chair for violin in orchestra ever since middle school.
- Donors are credited on the Musicians page of each concert programme directly beneath the chair that they have chosen to endow, recognising them as patrons of their chosen area.
- While working with one of my cello students, who is first chair in her school orchestra, the subject of "what it really means to be first chair" was something that we spoke about for quite a while.
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- 1Act as chairperson of or preside over (an organization, meeting, or public event).More example sentences
- The meeting was chaired by the President who welcomed a full attendance of members.
- The meeting was chaired by the president, who welcomed the members.
- Tonight I'm chairing a public meeting in Hoveton on policing issues and then tomorrow morning we have Michael Howard coming to Cromer.
- 2British Carry (someone) aloft in a chair or in a sitting position to celebrate a victory.More example sentences
- So magical had been his performance that he was chaired from the ground by his opponents as well as his own team-members!
- You've never seen anyone get to the victory stand so fast, even with his short-stop house-mate Ruben's failed effort to chair him up there.
- At the completion of the game, Warne lapped up yet another standing ovation from the 79,000-strong crowd, the champ responding in kind, bowing and blowing kisses to the crowd before a futile attempt to chair him off the ground.
take the chair
- Act as chairperson.More example sentences
- Only if the Nordic bid was to be eliminated at this stage would Johansson take the chair as president of Uefa.
- The election process was swift with the past vice president taking the chair as president for the next two years.
- Kathy was a popular choice as President of the Kildare Guild and took the chair on many occasions - a role which she filled in a dignified and common-sense manner.
Middle English: from Old French chaiere (modern chaire 'bishop's throne, etc.', chaise 'chair'), from Latin cathedra 'seat', from Greek kathedra. Compare with cathedral.