president

noun pres·i·dent \ ˈpre-zə-dənt , ˈprez-dənt , ˈpre-zə-ˌdent , in rapid speech ˈpre-zᵊnt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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
5 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

presidential

play \ˌpre-zə-ˈden(t)-shəl, ˌprez-ˈden(t)-\ adjective

presidentially

play \ˌpre-zə-ˈden(t)-sh(ə-)lē, ˌprez-ˈden(t)-\ adverb

presidentship

play \ˈpre-zə-dənt-ˌship, ˈprez-dənt-, ˈpre-zə-ˌdent-\ noun

Examples of president in a Sentence

  1. The President will hold a news conference tomorrow.

  2. the president of the international conference on genocide

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Origin and Etymology of president

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



PRESIDENT Defined for English Language Learners

president

noun

Definition of president for English Language Learners

  • : the head of the government in some countries

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


PRESIDENT Defined for Kids

president

noun pres·i·dent \ ˈpre-zə-dənt \

Definition of president for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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 Senate
  • U.S. Constitution art. I
5 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

presidential

play \ˌpre-zə-ˈden-chəl\ adjective

presidentially

adverb

presidentship

noun


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