noun pres·i·dent \ˈpre-zə-dənt, ˈprez-dənt, ˈpre-zə-ˌdent in rapid speech ˈpre-zənt\

: the head of the government in some countries

: someone who has the highest position in an organization or business

Full Definition of PRESIDENT

:  an official chosen to preside over a meeting or assembly
:  an appointed governor of a subordinate political unit
:  the chief officer of an organization (as a corporation or institution) usually entrusted with the direction and administration of its policies
:  the presiding officer of a governmental body
a :  an elected official serving as both chief of state and chief political executive in a republic having a presidential government
b :  an elected official having the position of chief of state but usually only minimal political powers in a republic having a parliamentary government
pres·i·den·tial \ˌpre-zə-ˈden(t)-shəl, ˌprez-ˈden(t)-\ adjective
pres·i·den·tial·ly \-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
pres·i·dent·ship \ˈpre-zə-dənt-ˌship, ˈprez-dənt-, ˈpre-zə-ˌdent-\ noun

Examples of PRESIDENT

  1. The President will hold a news conference tomorrow.
  2. <the president of the international conference on genocide>


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praesident-, praesidens, from present participle of praesidēre
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun pres·i·dent \ˈpre-zə-dənt\

Definition of PRESIDENT for Kids

:  the head of the government and chief executive officer of a modern republic
:  the chief officer of a company, organization, or society <a bank president> <a college president>


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