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

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And Friday night, The New York Times dropped what may be the biggest bombshell in two years of mounting crises—has the FBI suspected that the president has been doing Russia’s bidding all along? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “They Can Name It Peaches”," 13 Jan. 2019 Under Congo’s constitution, the president has to select his prime minister from the largest party in parliament. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Congo Opposition Candidate Fayulu Appeals Election Results," 12 Jan. 2019 Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush declared Christmas Eves in 2012, 2007, and 2001 as holidays for the same reason. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What It Means That Christmas Eve Is a Federal Holiday This Year," 21 Dec. 2018 And that assumes that the president has policy ideas and has a strategy ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Recode has published 240 podcasts in 2018. Here are the 10 you really shouldn’t miss.," 6 Dec. 2018 Last week, Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump’s lawyers, tweeted an attack on Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation, accusing the special counsel of timing his filing just as the president was leaving the country. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Rudy Giuliani accuses Twitter of bias for hyperlinking text," 5 Dec. 2018 This time around, interest rates remain at record lows, officials are committed to ending bond purchases and Mario Draghi’s term is coming to an end, likely making way for a more hawkish ECB president. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Region That Keeps Disappointing Investors," 31 Dec. 2018 Thus far, only two presidents in history have been impeached. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Actually Happen to Trump?," 19 Dec. 2018 As president of Calty since 2007, Hunter oversees research, advanced design and production design. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lexus' Latest Concept Car Was Inspired By a Copper Pot," 18 Dec. 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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