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 president (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 Teodoro Loscin, the Philippine foreign minister who took to Twitter to tell China to ‘GET THE F--- OUT’ amid tension over the South China Sea, apologized on Tuesday to his Chinese counterpart after appearing to irk his own president. Fox News, "Philippines FM who told China to ‘Get the F--- OUT’ apologizes," 5 May 2021 The former president has been churning out short statements of late, and now has launched a new website to connect with supporters. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "GOP leaders add own fuel to Trump's fire: The Note," 5 May 2021 Like Cheney, McConnell weathered some blowback over his criticisms of Trump and his handling of the former president's second impeachment earlier this year. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell dodges questions about Liz Cheney and says focus is on 'stopping' Biden," 5 May 2021 Trump’s social media inclusion into the debate adds some intrigue in Alabama, where the former president remains a popular force in Republican politics. al, "‘Bad bill’: Donald Trump Jr. criticizes Alabama gambling legislation," 5 May 2021 In yet another powerful blow against Cheney, Trump will soon endorse Stefanik to replace her, said a person familiar with the former president's plans who was granted anonymity to discuss them. BostonGlobe.com, "Steve Scalise, No. 2 House Republican, backs Liz Cheney ouster over Trump opposition," 5 May 2021 Hayes was also a great animal lover and founded the nonprofit animal rescue organization Pet Hope, serving as its president until her death. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Billie Hayes, Witchiepoo in H.R. Pufnstuf, dies at 96," 4 May 2021 Catalan, 25, and also a 2013 Waukegan gradate as well as its class president, is currently a program manager for the RISE program at Beacon Place. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Waukegan High School grads return to make their mark: ‘I want to serve my community’," 3 May 2021 The president has his sights set on a $2.25 trillion jobs and infrastructure bill, which the GOP is also resisting. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Hillary Clinton 'thrilled' Biden is pushing agenda 'as far as possible' amid government intervention in COVID-19 pandemic," 2 May 2021

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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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“President.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/president. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 president (audio) \ adjective
presidentially adverb
presidentship noun

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