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

Mr Trump revealed that senior Taliban leaders had been due to meet him on Sunday at Camp David, the president’s country estate. The Economist, "Donald Trump pulls out of Afghan peace talks with the Taliban," 8 Sep. 2019 This, however, contradicts what HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine earlier this year. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Nicole Kidman & Shailene Woodley Have Big Little Lies Reunion at Toronto International Film Festival," 8 Sep. 2019 She is involved with the Jewish National Fund of the Ohio Valley, serving as the board co-president. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Meet The Enquirer Women of the Year for 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 The director of a prestigious research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned Saturday, and the school's president ordered an independent investigation amid an uproar over the lab's ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. chicagotribune.com, "Director of MIT’s prestigious Media Lab steps down over ties to Jeffrey Epstein; independent investigation ordered," 7 Sep. 2019 Athletic director Bill Beekman, university president Samuel L. Stanley, university trustee Melanie Foster, hockey coach Danton Cole and senior hockey captain Sam Saliba also spoke at the event. Chase Michaelson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State hockey: Tom Izzo backs coach Danton Cole as part of Munn renovation," 7 Sep. 2019 Rod Birkland, Alpenrose’s president, told The Oregonian/OregonLive that his family intends to continue operating the venues as community assets, accessible to the public. oregonlive, "Public access to Alpenrose ball fields, race tracks on shaky ground as dairy’s sale looms," 6 Sep. 2019 Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a news release. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Turfway Park 'shocked, disappointed' by Churchill Downs' 'recent attack'," 6 Sep. 2019 Several of those presidents said some enrolled international students never made it onto campus for the start of the current semester. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Immigration Law Is Burdening International Students—And Their Colleges," 6 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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