A person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.
The head of a corporate or governmental board of directors, a committee, or other formal entity.
(historical) Someone whose job is to carry people in a portable chair, sedan chair, or similar conveyance.
* 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 618:
* 1836 , Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers ?
- Mr Western entered; but not before a small wrangling bout had passed between him and his chairmen ; for the fellows, who had taken up their burden at the Hercules Pillars, had conceived no hopes of having any future good customer in the squire [...]
- Mr. Winkle, catching sight of a lady's face at the window of the sedan, turned hastily round, plied the knocker with all his might and main, and called frantically upon the chairman to take the chair away again.
Historically meant a man, now also used for women.
* chair, chairperson
* presiding officer, presider
A leader of a clan or tribe.
A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
* (A very powerful person) chief, big gun, big shot, big wheel, bigwig, boss, employer, foreman, head, heid bummer, leader, mandarin, manager, mover and shaker, top banana, top dog, tycoon