What Does the Term “Chairman” Mean and Where Did the Word Come From?

Whether it’s a chairman or a chairwoman, that person is in the seat of authority and has been since the fourteenth century.

At that time a chair was a throne, it came from the Greek word ‘cathedra, leading to the word cathedral for the place housing the seat of the bishop.

In business, the person in charge sat in a comfortable armed chair, while everyone else sat on stools, and so he took the esteemed title “chairman.”

So the presiding officer of a committee is called a “chairman”.

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