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Definition of chair noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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, deck chair, easy chair, high chair, musical chairs, rocking chair, wheelchair
  2. 2 [countable] = chairman, chairperson
  3. 3 [countable] the person in charge of a department in a university He is the chair of philosophy at Stanford.
  4. 4 the chair [singular] (informal) = the electric chair
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chair