(noun, verb)


1. a seat for one person, with a support for the back

- he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down

Definition categories: man–made, seat

2. the position of professor

- he was awarded an endowed chair in economics

Similar word(s): professorship

Definition categories: act, berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot

3. the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

- address your remarks to the chairperson

Similar word(s): chairman, chairperson, chairwoman, president

Definition categories: person

4. an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person

- the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair

Definition categories: man–made

5. a particular seat in an orchestra

- he is second chair violin

Definition categories: man–made, seat

Sentences with chair as a noun:

- 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.

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

- 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.


1. act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university

- She chaired the department for many years

Similar word(s): chairman

Definition categories: social, head, lead

2. preside over

Similar word(s): lead, moderate

Definition categories: communication, discuss

Sentences with chair as a verb:

- Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting.

- The poet was chaired at the national Eisteddfod.