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

McCormack served as the Foundation’s president until his recent retirement. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019 Joseph Girandola takes over as president on Aug. 1, according to the Art Academy's website. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Art Academy of Cincinnati hires DAAP administrator as next president," 15 July 2019 That means, the OA News reported, that Auburn will pay Leath $4.5 million not to work, instead of paying him $1.88 million to remain as president. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Former Auburn President Steven Leath to reportedly make $4.5 million in separation agreement," 13 July 2019 Muhammadu Buhari, who won a second term as Nigeria’s president earlier this year, campaigned on a promise to reduce corruption. The Economist, "Politics this week," 13 July 2019 But like Obama, Trump as president has ended up deepening the U.S. commitments in Afghanistan, as well as adding troops in Syria. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them.," 12 July 2019 Reece, a state and local leader for the Babe Ruth League youth program, serves as president of the Central Florida Bambino Buddy Ball League, which is designed for players with special needs. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "George Clayton enters national hall of fame, Seminole County Sports adds six," 12 July 2019 Kirsten Kliphouse, formerly of Red Hat and Microsoft, joins Google Cloud as president of North America sales. Fortune, "A VC Community Introduces a Gender Quota: The Broadsheet," 12 July 2019 Grand Junction project When Benjamin and Brian Cook bought the house for $136,500 in September 2007, Andy Cook was serving as the Westfield Town Council president as the town prepared to make the transition to a city. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Westfield mayor pushed for Grand Junction Plaza project. His two sons profited from the deal.," 11 July 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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