- 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 (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 of an organization (used as a neutral alternative to chairman or chairwoman): she’s the chair of a research committeeMore 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.
- 2.1The post of a chairperson: he was due to step down after a three-year stint in the chairMore example sentences
- A contest for the chair was well sign posted in advance and resulted in a full house.
- Only DC Thomson in its Dundee stronghold has reserved its editors' chairs for Scotsmen.
- His career experienced a renaissance in 2002, when he became the chair of the Constitutional Convention of the EU.
- 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.
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- 1Act as chairperson of or preside over (an organization, meeting, or public event): the debate was chaired by the Archbishop of YorkMore 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: no one seemed anxious to chair him round the hallMore 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.
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- Act as chairperson: the account executive will usually take the chair in meetingsMore 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.