A black leather chair.
- The definition of a chair is an official person or one who directs the course of a meeting.
An example of a chair is the facilitator at a conference.
- A chair is defined as a piece of furniture for one person to sit on.
An example of chair is what someone would sit on while seated around a dining table.
- a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, having a back and, usually, four legs
- a seat of authority or dignity
- the position of a player in an instrumental section of a symphony orchestra
- an important or official position, as a professorship or chairmanship
- a person who presides over a meeting; chairman: address your remarks to the chair
- sedan chair
- electric chair: used with the
Origin of chairMiddle English and Old French chaire from Classical Latin cathedra: see cathedra
- to place in a chair; seat
- to place in authority
- to preside over as chairman
- Brit. to carry (a person) aloft in public triumph on, or as though on, a chair
take the chair
- A piece of furniture designed to accommodate one sitting or reclining person, providing support for the back and often the arms and typically standing on four legs.
- A seat of office, authority, or dignity, such as that of a bishop.
- a. An office or position of authority, such as a professorship.b. A person who holds an office or a position of authority, such as one who presides over a meeting or administers a department of instruction at a college; a chairperson.
- The position of a player in an orchestra.
- Slang The electric chair.
- A seat carried about on poles; a sedan chair.
- Any of several devices that serve to support or secure, such as a metal block that supports and holds railroad track in position.
transitive verbchaired, chair·ing, chairs
- To preside over as chairperson: chair a meeting.
- To install (someone) in a position of authority, especially as a presiding officer.
- To carry (someone) high off the ground in a chair or in a seated position, especially as a tribute.
Origin of chairMiddle English chaiere from Old French from Latin cathedra ; see cathedra .
- An item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.
- All I need to weather a snowstorm is hot coffee, a warm fire, a good book and a comfortable chair.
- Under the rules of order adopted by the board, the chair may neither make nor second motions.
- (music) The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.
- My violin teacher used to play first chair with the Boston Pops.
- (rail transport) Blocks that support and hold railroad track in position, and similar devices.
- (chemistry) One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.
- (slang, with the) The electric chair.
- He killed a cop: he's going to get the chair.
- The court will show no mercy; if he gets convicted, it's the chair for him.
- A distinguished professorship at a university.
- An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.
- A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse; a gig.
(third-person singular simple present chairs, present participle chairing, simple past and past participle chaired)