presidency

noun

pres·​i·​den·​cy ˈpre-zə-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce presidency (audio)
ˈprez-dən(t)-,
 also  ˈpre-zə-ˌden(t)-sē
plural presidencies
1
a
: the office of president
b(1)
: the office of president of the U.S.
(2)
: the American governmental institution comprising the office of president and various associated administrative and policymaking agencies
2
: the term during which a president holds office
3
: the action or function of one that presides : superintendence
4
: a Mormon executive council of the church or a stake consisting of a president and two counselors

Examples of presidency in a Sentence

responsibility for the presidency of a major television network
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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of presidency was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Presidency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/presidency. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy ˈprez-əd-ən-sē How to pronounce presidency (audio)
ˈprez-dən-;
ˈprez-ə-ˌden(t)-sē
plural presidencies
1
: the office of president
2
: the term during which a president holds office

Legal Definition

presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy ˈpre-zə-dən-sē, -ˌden- How to pronounce presidency (audio)
plural presidencies
1
a
: the office of president
b
: the office of president of the U.S.
also : the American governmental institution comprising the office of president and various associated administrative and policy-making agencies
2
: the term during which a president holds office
3
: the action or function of one that presides

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