president

noun
pres·​i·​dent | \ˈpre-zə-dənt, 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

presidential \ˌpre-​zə-​ˈden(t)-​shəl, ˌprez-​ˈden(t)-​ \ adjective
presidentially \ˌpre-​zə-​ˈden(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē, ˌprez-​ˈden(t)-​ \ adverb
presidentship \ˈpre-​zə-​dənt-​ˌship, 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

Recent Examples on the Web

General Motors President Dan Ammann is stepping down to take over as CEO of GM’s Cruise self-driving car unit; Cruise’s current head and co-founder, Kyle Vogt, will serve as unit president and chief technical officer. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg asked for George Soros research," 30 Nov. 2018 The Kake Tribal Council president is the closest thing to law enforcement the Organized Village of Kake has. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 The former president also halted new coal leases on federal lands and instituted new rules to limit methane emissions on federal land. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Drilling on US public lands causes 24 percent of the nation’s CO2 emissions," 27 Nov. 2018 Having the president stay with us, choosing Tahiti and Tetiaroa, proves the privacy here is unmatched. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Is Suddenly Traveling to Tahiti," 9 Nov. 2018 His 18-year-old sister, who was also at the bar during the shooting, is the current president. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 In 1960, when Cambridge reached out to MIT’s then-president James Killian for help developing the area, the city, which was once a manufacturing hub, had just lost its last big employer, Lever Brothers. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Just a few weeks ago, Blizzard announced that co-founder and longtime president Mike Morhaime would be stepping down, replaced with J. Allen Brack. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "BlizzCon 2018: Warcraft III remastered, and Overwatch gets a new cowboy," 2 Nov. 2018 But all eyes are on Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, who just three years ago was the president of a Southern Nevada synagogue. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective
presidentially adverb
presidentship noun

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