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 for chairman
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chairman \Chair"man\, n.; pl. Chairmen.
     1. The presiding officer of a committee, or of a public or
        private meeting, or of any organized body.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. One whose business it is to cary a chair or sedan.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Breaks watchmen's heads and chairmen's glasses.
                                                    --Prior.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  chairman
      n 1: the officer who presides at the meetings of an
           organization; "address your remarks to the chairperson"
           [syn: president, chairman, chairwoman, chair,
           chairperson]
      v 1: act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a
           university; "She chaired the department for many years"
           [syn: chair, chairman]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CHAIRMAN. The presiding officer of a committee; as, chairman of the 
  committee of ways and means. The person selected to preside over a popular 
  meeting, is also  called a chairman or moderator. 
  
  

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