A chair is commonly used for single sitting, usually consisting of four legs for support, a rest for the back and sometimes armrests.
Majority of chairs are made of wood, but most modern chairs have leather or fabric upholstery.
Historical Information of the Chair
Although for many centuries and indeed for thousands of years the chair was an article of state and dignity rather than an article of ordinary use.
"The chair" is still extensively used as the emblem of authority in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom and Canada, and in many other settings.
Committees, boards of directors, and academic departments all have a 'chairperson'. Endowed professorships are referred to as chairs. It was not, in fact, until the 16th century that it became common anywhere.
The chest, the bench and the stool were until then the ordinary seats of everyday life, and the number of chairs which have survived from an earlier date is exceedingly limited; most of such examples are of ecclesiastical or seigneurial origin.
Our knowledge of the chairs of remote antiquity is derived almost entirely from monuments, sculpture and paintings.
- French: chaise
- Spanish: silla
- Japanese: 椅子
- Chinese (Traditional): 椅子
- German: der Stuhl
- Russian: стул