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

Definition of presidency

1a : 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 policy-making 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

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Examples of presidency in a Sentence

responsibility for the presidency of a major television network

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The China Aviation Supplies Holding Company has ordered 290 Airbus A320 and 10 Airbus A350, according to a statement from the French presidency. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi sees honors, Airbus deal in state visit to France," 26 Mar. 2019 What this means for you: Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, is one of about a dozen Democratic Party candidates (so far) vying to unseat Donald Trump for the U.S. presidency. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google and undo their acquisitions," 8 Mar. 2019 Erdogan, 64, called the elections more than a year ahead of schedule in a bid to usher in an executive presidency with sweeping powers. Kristen Mctighe, USA TODAY, "'One-man rule?' Why the Turkey elections matter to the US," 23 June 2018 And the summit could be a rare unifying moment in a presidency that is certain to be remembered as one of the most divisive in history. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "History beckons for Trump and Kim," 11 June 2018 Of note, the requisite 30 hours of debate allowed for a nominee far exceeds the hours of public debate that a candidate for the presidency faces. WSJ, "The Constitution Says Advice and Consent, Not Delay and Destroy," 5 Mar. 2019 In our case, the final two standing are one Republican and one Democratic candidate, who campaign for the presidency (instead of some boring dude’s heart). Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How Is a Caucus Different From a Primary? Your Definitive Guide," 28 Feb. 2019 Though the government never officially changed its name to Presidents' Day, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act forever altered what had formerly been a nod to Washington into a celebration for the presidency in general. Megan Stein, Country Living, "When is Presidents' Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 14 Feb. 2019 During John McCain’s ultimately unsuccessful bids for the presidency, in 2000 and 2008, Cindy was a regular presence on the campaign trail. Grace Edquist, Teen Vogue, "Cindy McCain Could Take Her Husband's Seat in a "Widow's Succession"," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of presidency

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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presidency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of presidency

: the job of a president or the period of time when a person is president

presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈpre-zə-dən-sē How to pronounce presidency (audio) \
plural presidencies

Kids Definition of presidency

1 : the office of president
2 : the term during which a president holds office

presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈpre-zə-dən-sē, -ˌden- How to pronounce presidency (audio) \
plural presidencies

Legal Definition of presidency

1a : 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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