I. noun Etymology: Middle English chaiere, from Anglo-French, from Latin cathedra, from Greek kathedra, from kata- cata- + hedra seat — more at sit Date: 13th century 1. a. a seat typically having four legs and a back for one person b. electric chair — used with the 2. a. an official seat or a seat of authority, state, or dignity b. an office or position of authority or dignity c. professorship <
holds a university chair
d. chairman 1 3. a sedan chair 4. a position of employment usually of one occupying a chair or desk; specifically the position of a player in an orchestra or band 5. any of various devices that hold up or support II. transitive verb Date: 1552 1. to install in office 2. chiefly British to carry on the shoulders in acclaim <
we chaired you through the market place — A. E. Housman
3. to preside as chairman of

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • chair — 1. (chêr) s. f. 1°   Toutes les parties molles du corps de l homme et des animaux, et plus particulièrement la partie rouge des muscles. Recevoir une blessure dans les chairs. •   Mais je n ai plus trouvé qu un horrible mélange D os et de chairs… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • chair — CHAIR. s. fém. Substance molle et sanguine, qui est entre la peau et les os de l animal. Chair vive, chair morte, chair ferme. Avoir un coup d épée dans les chairs. Avoir la chair bonne. On guérit aisément les blessures qui ne sont que dans les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • chair — CHAIR. s. f. Substance molle & sanguine qui est entre la peau & les os de l animal. Chair vive. chair morte. chair ferme. il a un coup d espée dans les chairs. il a la chair bonne, on guerit aisément ses blessures. il a la chair mauvaise, il est… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • chair — Chair, Caro, Ce que communéement disons Chair, Les Hebrieux dient Scheer. Parquoy semble que nous ayons laissé la premiere lettre, et nous soyons accoustumez à prononcer Cheer. Tous vendans chair cuite, Omnes popinarum institores, B. ex Seneca.… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Chair — (ch[^a]r), n. [OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F. chaire pulpit, fr. L. cathedra chair, armchair, a teacher s or professor s chair, Gr. ? down + ? seat, ? to sit, akin to E. sit. See {Sit}, and cf. {Cathedral}, {chaise}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • chair — ► NOUN 1) a separate seat for one person, with a back and four legs. 2) the person in charge of a meeting or an organization. 3) a professorship. 4) (the chair) US short for ELECTRIC CHAIR(Cf. ↑electric chair). ► …   English terms dictionary

  • Chair — Chair, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chairing}.] 1. To place in a chair. [1913 Webster] 2. To carry publicly in a chair in triumph. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 3. To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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