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 Biden has not yet returned to South Carolina as president, but has spent extensive time in the state during his career. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "'Make America become greater': Voters who saved Biden campaign rate early presidency," 30 Mar. 2021 As president, Donald Trump frequently derided wind power as an expensive, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity, and his administration resisted or opposed wind projects nationwide, including Vineyard Wind. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden boosts offshore wind energy, wants to power 10 million homes," 29 Mar. 2021 As president, Donald Trump frequently derided wind power as an expensive, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity, and his administration resisted or opposed wind projects nationwide, including Vineyard Wind. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden administration announces plan to boost offshore wind energy along East Coast," 29 Mar. 2021 As president, Donald Trump frequently derided wind power as an expensive, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity, and his administration resisted or opposed wind projects nationwide, including Vineyard Wind. Matthew Daly, chicagotribune.com, "Biden expands offshore wind farms along East Coast, hoping to generate energy for 10 million homes," 29 Mar. 2021 So spoke Joe Biden Thursday in his first press conference as president. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "All Trump’s Codependents," 29 Mar. 2021 As president, Donald Trump frequently derided wind power as an expensive, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity, and his administration resisted or opposed wind projects nationwide, including Vineyard Wind. Matthew Daly, ajc, "Biden boosts offshore wind energy, wants to power 10M homes," 29 Mar. 2021 Kristian Little Stricklen has been selected as the next president of the Madam Walker Legacy Center, the organization's board has announced. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Kristian Stricklen will be the Madam Walker Legacy Center's next president," 28 Mar. 2021 As president, Biden can issue executive orders without congressional approval. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Biden confident gun control legislation will pass," 28 Mar. 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 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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