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

Recent Examples on the Web

President Trump says he's had a very 'beautiful' and 'positive' 3-page letter from North Korea leader Kim Jong Un delivered to him; Leland Vittert reports from the White House on what the president told the press before his vacation. Fox News, "Trump says he received 'small apology' from Kim Jong Un for missile tests," 11 Aug. 2019 On Thursday, the president took Twitter to goad Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell into retaliating against China by weakening the dollar. Fortune, "The Week Trump and Xi Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Trade War—CEO Daily," 10 Aug. 2019 During the same speech, the president mistakenly expressed his sympathies for the people of … Toledo. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Currency of Profanity," 9 Aug. 2019 The president of Greenbutts, Tadas Lisauskas, says the company is in negotiations with major manufacturers to implement their filters. National Geographic, "Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned?," 9 Aug. 2019 Trump earned just 8% of the black vote in 2016, but the president's reelection campaign is still planning to reach out to black voters in 2020. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "'Stop telling black Americans' what to think: Daniel Cameron decries race traitor jab," 8 Aug. 2019 The president returned serve, bundling the thoughts and beliefs of his electoral base into a missile aimed at the otherwise peaceful protests. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Kenny Stills Won’t Let NFL Owners Have Their Cake and Eat It Too," 8 Aug. 2019 The president has the strong support of his base – and that’s it. The Christian Science Monitor, "Climate gloom and innovation bloom," 8 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Trump’s base of single-issue restrictionist hardliners gives the president a bloc of votes unmoved by nonimmigration concerns. Mariano Sana, The Conversation, "Americans’ support for immigration is at record highs – but the government is out of sync with their views," 8 Aug. 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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