chairman

Definitions

General English

  • noun the person who controls what happens at a meeting

Law

  • noun a person who is in charge of a meeting and holds the casting vote
  • noun a person who presides over meetings of a committee of the House of Commons or of a local council
  • noun somebody who presides over the board meetings of a company

Politics

  • noun a person who is in charge of the board meetings of a company

Theater

  • In British music hall, the master of ceremonies whointroduced the acts with a bang of his gavel accompanied by livelypatter and witty comments to the audience. The role had mostly disappearedby the end of the 19th century.
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