Definition of chair noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃeə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃer//
    University life, Business meetings, Furniture
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  1. 1   [countable] a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, with a back, a seat and four legs a table and chairs Sit on your chair! an old man asleep in a chair (= an armchair) dining/kitchen chairs see also armchair, deckchair, easy chair, high chair, musical chairs, rocking chair, wheelchair See related entries: Furniture
  2. 2the chair [singular] the position of being in charge of a meeting or committee; the person who holds this position She takes the chair in all our meetings. Who is in the chair today? He was elected chair of the city council. All remarks should be addressed to the chair. WordfinderAGM, the chair, club, hobby, member, newsletter, secretary, society, subscription, treasurer Wordfinderagenda, AGM, apology, brainstorming, breakout, the chair, committee, convene, meeting, the minutes More Like This Masculine, feminine and ungendered form anchorman/​anchorwoman, assemblyman/​assemblywoman, businessman/​businesswoman/​businessperson, actor/​actress, cameraman/​camerawoman, chairman/​chairwoman/​chair, congressman/​congresswoman, nobleman/​noblewoman, patrolman/​patrolwoman, policeman/​policewoman/​police officer, salesman/​saleswoman/​salesperson, spokesman/​spokeswoman/​spokesperson, sportsman/​sportswoman/​sportsperson, stuntman/​stuntwoman, waiter/​waitress/​waitperson, weatherman/​weathergirlSee worksheet. See related entries: Business meetings
  3. 3[countable] the position of being in charge of a department in a university He holds the chair of philosophy at Oxford. See related entries: University life
  4. 4the chair [singular] (US English, informal) = electric chair
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chaiere (modern chaire ‘bishop's throne, etc.’, chaise ‘chair’), from Latin cathedra ‘seat’, from Greek kathedra. Compare with cathedral.Extra examples ‘Please, be my guest.’ He gestured towards an empty chair. A cat was asleep on the chair. A chair lift carried us to the top of the ski run. A chair stood facing the window. A private benefactor endowed the new Chair of Japanese Literature. Anne took the chair in Carol’s absence. Anne took the chair= was chairperson in Carol’s absence. Come in and take a chair. He gave her his chair. He gestured to an empty chair. He got up from his chair to address the meeting. He held the Chair of Botany at Cambridge University for thirty years. He held the Chair of Psychology at Yale. He lay back in the reclining chair and went to sleep. He pulled out a chair for her. He pushed back his chair and got to his feet. He put his feet up on the desk and lay back in his chair. He sank into his chair and opened the letter. He sat nervously on the edge of his chair. He was shifting about uneasily in his chair. Lisa heard a chair scraping the floor. Paul Ryan was in the chair at today’s meeting. Paul Ryan was in the chair= was chairperson at today’s meeting. Please address your questions to the chair. She always swivels around in her chair. She dropped her bags and flopped down into the nearest chair. She gripped the arm of her chair as she spoke. She leaned back in her chair and lit a cigarette. She returned to the swivel chair behind her desk. She swivelled round in her chair and picked up the phone. She tipped her chair back and fixed her gaze full upon him. The chair creaked every time I moved. They straightened in their chairs when the manager burst in. a dining table and four matching chairs a set of antique dining chairs a high chair a rocking chair an old man asleep in a chair
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