president

noun
pres·​i·​dent | \ ˈpre-zə-dənt How to pronounce president (audio) , ˈprez-dənt, ˈpre-zə-ˌdent, in rapid speech ˈpre-zᵊnt\

Definition of president

1 : an official chosen to preside over a meeting or assembly
2 : an appointed governor of a subordinate political unit
3 : the chief officer of an organization (such as a corporation or institution) usually entrusted with the direction and administration of its policies
4 : the presiding officer of a governmental body
5a : 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

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Other Words from president

presidentship \ ˈpre-​zə-​dənt-​ˌship How to pronounce presidentship (audio) , ˈprez-​dənt-​ , ˈpre-​zə-​ˌdent-​ \ noun

Examples of president in a Sentence

The President will hold a news conference tomorrow. the president of the international conference on genocide

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Decades later, in 1950, U.S. Congress agreed upon a resolution for the president to ask Americans to observe Memorial Day. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Memorial Day? Here's What You Need to Know About the Observance," 1 Mar. 2019 Trump declined to provide his tax information as a candidate in 2016 and as president, something party nominees have traditionally done in the name of the transparency. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "House Democrat, treasury chief bicker over Trump tax returns," 14 Apr. 2019 According to ABC News, about 1,200 guests arrived in Houston at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to remember the late president, who died on November 30 at 94 years old. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Gives Moving Performance of 'The Lord's Prayer' at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 6 Dec. 2018 This week, new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro signed a deal that would open his country's national spaceport to U.S. satellite launches. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 2019 Redskins president Bruce Allen put an end to the deal immediately. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Washington Redskins reportedly backed out of Huawei Wi-Fi deal because of government concerns," 26 Dec. 2018 Nick Wingfield reports that Mark Zuckerberg, on the advice of his mentor Bill Gates, tried to hire Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith to bolster trust in the company. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Marriott breach leaves 500 million exposed with passport, card numbers stolen," 30 Nov. 2018 No, Michael Bloomberg is not running for president—and his daughter, Georgina Bloomberg, seems completely at peace with this decision. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Michael Bloomberg's Daughters Think of His Decision Not to Run for President," 9 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of president

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for president

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praesident-, praesidens, from present participle of praesidēre

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More Definitions for president

president

noun

English Language Learners Definition of president

: the head of the government in some countries
: someone who has the highest position in an organization or business

president

noun
pres·​i·​dent | \ ˈpre-zə-dənt How to pronounce president (audio) \

Kids Definition of president

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

president

noun, often capitalized
pres·​i·​dent | \ ˈpre-zə-dənt, -ˌdent How to pronounce president (audio) \

Legal Definition of president

1 : an official chosen to preside over a meeting or assembly
2 : an appointed governor of a subordinate political unit
3 : the chief officer of an organization (as a corporation or institution) usually entrusted with the direction and administration of its policies
4 : the presiding officer of a governmental body the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the SenateU.S. Constitution art. I
5a : 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

Other Words from president

presidential \ ˌpre-​zə-​ˈden-​chəl How to pronounce presidential (audio) \ adjective
presidentially adverb
presidentship noun

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