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

Halo Top will be expanding outside of the U.S. and Canada under a new company that Doug Bouton, president and chief operating officer of Halo Top, plans to operate after the deal closes, Wells said. Los Angeles Times, "Halo Top ice cream company is sold to Blue Bunny’s owner," 17 Sep. 2019 The subpoena seeks federal and state returns for both the president and the company dating back to 2011, the people said. BostonGlobe.com, "Both Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Trump. The president has denied the affair.," 17 Sep. 2019 Malone is a board member of Matt’s Mission and the president and executive director of the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Matt’s Mission Invites Community To Recovery Celebration," 16 Sep. 2019 The president and the spy agencies both entertain the Washington press corps by actively distrusting and demonizing the other. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 The following morning, the president of El Salvador, who had been scheduled to appear at the U.N. for Friday’s vote, canceled his visit. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 Earlier this month, the president of the U.S. made an incorrect claim about the likely path of Hurricane Dorian. Ben Santer, Scientific American, "Rock Climbing, Climate Science and Leadership," 16 Sep. 2019 Participants, who could also choose a 3K or 5K walk, and sponsors raised nearly $1 million for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin this year and more than $22 million in the event's history, said Peggy Troy, president and CEO of CHW. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: There's plenty to like about Al's Run, and more than most for these five rookies," 14 Sep. 2019 Give us a little bit of transparency into how the president and board work with staff on shaping strategy on something like the agency issue. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Writers Guild West President David Goodman on Fight With Agencies: "Both Sides Want a Deal" (Q&A)," 14 Sep. 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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