Chair meaning

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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.

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To place in a chair; seat.
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To place in authority.
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To preside over as chairman.
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To carry (a person) aloft in public triumph on, or as though on, a chair.
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(music) The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.

My violin teacher used to play first chair with the Boston Pops.

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(rail transport) Blocks that support and hold railroad track in position, and similar devices.
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The position of a player in an orchestra.
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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.

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(chemistry) One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.
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(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.

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A distinguished professorship at a university.
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An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.
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A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse; a gig.

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To act as chairperson.

Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting.

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To carry someone in a seated position upon one's shoulders, especially in celebration or victory.
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(Wales, UK) To award a chair to the winning poet at a Welsh eisteddfod.

The poet was chaired at the national Eisteddfod.

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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.

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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.
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A seat of office, authority, or dignity, such as that of a bishop.
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The electric chair.
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A seat carried about on poles; a sedan chair.
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Any of several devices that serve to support or secure, such as a metal block that supports and holds railroad track in position.
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To preside over as chairperson.

Chair a meeting.

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To install (someone) in a position of authority, especially as a presiding officer.
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To carry (someone) high off the ground in a chair or in a seated position, especially as a tribute.
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A piece of furniture for one person to sit on, having a back and, usually, four legs.
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A seat of authority or dignity.
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The position of a player in an instrumental section of a symphony orchestra.
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An important or official position, as a professorship or chairmanship.
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A person who presides over a meeting; chairman.

Address your remarks to the chair.

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Under the rules of order adopted by the board, the chair may neither make nor second motions.

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take the chair
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of chair

  • Middle English chaiere from Old French from Latin cathedra cathedra

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French chaire, from Latin cathēdra (“seat”), from Ancient Greek καθέδρα (kathedra), from κατά (kata, “down”) + ἕδρα (hedra, “seat”). Replaced native stool which now has a specific sense.

    From Wiktionary