chair
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /t͡ʃɛə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) IPA: /t͡ʃɛəɹ/
Noun

chair (plural chairs)

  1. An item of furniture used to sit on or in, comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.
    All I need to weather a snowstorm is hot coffee, a warm fire, a good book and a comfortable chair.
  2. Clipping of chairperson#English|chairperson.
    Under the rules of order adopted by the board, the chair may neither make nor second motions.
  3. (music) The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.
    My violin teacher used to play first chair with the Boston Pops.
  4. (rail transport) An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers, and similar devices.
  5. (chemistry) One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.
  6. (slang, with the) Ellipsis of electric chair#English|electric chair
    He killed a cop: he's going to get the chair.
    The court will show no mercy; if he gets convicted, it's the chair for him.
  7. A distinguished professorship at a university.
  8. A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse; a gig.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene v], page 104 ↗, column 2:
      Enter Mortimer, brought in a Chayre, and Iaylors.
  9. The seat or office of a person in authority, such as a judge or bishop.
Translations Translations Verb

chair (chairs, present participle chairing; past and past participle chaired)

  1. (transitive) To act as chairperson at; to preside over.
    Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting.
  2. (transitive) To carry in a seated position upon one's shoulders, especially in celebration or victory.
    • 1896, A. E. Houseman, "To An Athlete Dying Young," in A Shropshire Lad
      The time you won your town the race
      We chaired you through the marketplace.
  3. (transitive, Wales, UK) To award a chair to (a winning poet) at a Welsh eisteddfod.
    The poet was chaired at the national Eisteddfod.
Translations
Chair
Proper noun
  1. (fandom slang) The ship of characters Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf of the Gossip Girl series.
    • 2011, Brionna Jimerson, "'Gossip Girl' conceives unrealistic plotlines, child", The Tufts Daily (Tufts University), 6 October 2011, page 11 ↗:
      His skill renders Becker's portrayal of Prince Grimaldi, a lover and future husband, futile in the wake of Chair (Chuck and Blair).
    • 2012, Haley Boston, "TV Review: 'Nashville'", The Daily Northwestern (Northwestern University), 18 October 2012, page 4 ↗:
      We can already tell which idyllic couples obsessive fans will fantasize about like Chair (Chuck and Blaire of "Gossip Girl") and Jim and Pam of "The Office."
    • 2014, Lori Bindig, Gossip Girl: A Critical Understanding, page 143 ↗:
      Although Josh Schwartz suggests that “Chair” or “Dair” fans are embroiled in a “battle” on Twitter, the users of the Gossip Girl FanForum do not appear to engage with each other directly.



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