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

presidential \ ˌpre-​zə-​ˈden(t)-​shəl How to pronounce presidential (audio) , ˌprez-​ˈden(t)-​ \ adjective
presidentially \ ˌpre-​zə-​ˈden(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce presidentially (audio) , ˌprez-​ˈden(t)-​ \ adverb
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

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No, Michael Bloomberg is not running for president—and his daughter, Georgina Bloomberg, seems completely at peace with this decision. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Michael Bloomberg's Daughters Think of His Decision Not to Run for President," 9 Mar. 2019 Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts running for president, has come out of the gates swinging on tech policy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Elizabeth Warren Calls to Break Up Amazon, Facebook, and Google," 8 Mar. 2019 And the president’s critics have a point in expressing concern about the somewhat unhinged nature of his public tone. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "As Europe Condemns Trump, Asia Takes a More Realistic View," 22 Feb. 2019 The president has to be unfit to fulfill his obligations. Sean Illing, Vox, "Can the 25th Amendment be invoked to remove Trump from office? I asked one of its authors.," 14 Feb. 2019 When Lemieux brought the idea to Scalamandré president Chad Stark, whose family company, Stark, purchased the brand just over two years ago, he was immediately intrigued. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Get Ready to Obsess Over The Inside's Just-Announced Scalamandré Collaboration," 14 Feb. 2019 The president would have the power to appoint top judges and bypass judiciary oversight in vetting draft legislation before it is voted into law. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt accelerates efforts to extend el-Sissi’s rule," 11 Feb. 2019 Over the past few weeks, Democrats started to form presidential exploratory committees en masse, and rumors circulated that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg had plans to run for president. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg Confirms He Will Not Run for President as an Independent," 28 Jan. 2019 The president has no idea what any of us on furlough feel or think or know or agree with or disagree with. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "These Women Are Still Waiting for Their Paycheck Because of the Government Shutdown," 11 Jan. 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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