What is the difference between officer and chairman?

officer | chairman | Hypernyms |

Officer is a hypernym of chairman.


As nouns the difference between officer and chairman

is that officer is (senseid)one who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations while chairman is a person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.

As a verb officer

is to supply with officers .

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

officer

Noun

(en noun)
  • (senseid)One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
  • (senseid)One who holds a public office.
  • (senseid)An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.
  • (senseid)(colloquial, military) A commissioned officer.
  • Derived terms

    * non-commissioned officer

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To supply with officers .
  • To command like an officer .
  • Synonyms

    * direct * conduct * manage

    chairman

    Noun

    (chairmen)
  • 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:
  • 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 [...]
  • * 1836 , Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers ?
  • 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.

    Usage notes

    Historically meant a man, now also used for women.

    Antonyms

    * chairwoman

    Hypernyms

    * chair, chairperson * presiding officer, presider