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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: chaiere, from Latin cathedra, from Greek, from kata- ( CATACLYSM) + hedra 'seat'

chair

1 noun
     
chair
Related topics: Furniture, College
chair1 S1 W2
1 [countable]DHF a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, which has a back, a seat, and four legs:
a table and chairs
in/on a chair
He was sitting in a chair.
He sank back into his chair.
2 [singular] the position of being in charge of a meeting or committee, or the person who is in charge of it:
Address your questions to the chair, please.
be in the chair
Who will be in the chair at tomorrow's meeting?
chair of
He was nominated as chair of the board of governors.
3 [countable]SEC the position of being a university professor
chair of
a new Chair of Medicine
4

the chair

American English informal the electric chair

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