What is the difference between officer and chairman?
Officer is a hypernym of chairman.
As nouns the difference between officer and chairman
is that officer
)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?
(senseid)One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
* , chapter=19
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
(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.
* non-commissioned officer
To supply with officers .
To command like an officer .
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