Definition of chairman in English:
noun (plural chairmen)
- The chairman closed the meeting and thanked everyone for their attendance.
- The chairman ended the meeting by wishing all the members a happy New Year.
- The chairman of the Kildwick Parish Meeting was unavailable for comment.
- Saari is also the chairman of the committee organizing the Saturday gathering.
- In this rogues' gallery are former council leaders, former mayors, chairmen of powerful committees and a former chief whip.
- Forstmann, who has been on the board, will become the chairman of the executive committee.
The word chairman found itself accused of sexism in the 1970s, with critics opposed to the way it combined the notion of power with a grammatical gender bias. Two neutral alternatives were proposed, chair (which was actually recorded in this sense in the 17th century) and the neologism chairperson. Both terms faced initial resistance, and although they have now become accepted in standard English, the Oxford English Corpus shows that they are still far less common than chairman.
- Example sentences
- When some Democrats quit after losing their leadership posts and committee chairmanships, Kennedy stayed and fought in the trenches.
- This is because the majority party controls the leadership of the legislative body, which includes the chairmanships of committees that decide what sort of legislation will be debated and voted on by the entire body.
- Straight away after the election the movers and shakers ensure that alliances are created, leaders are found, capable administrators are employed and the goodies of committee chairmanships doled out.