presidium

noun

pre·​sid·​i·​um pri-ˈsi-dē-əm How to pronounce presidium (audio)
prē-,
-ˈzi- How to pronounce presidium (audio)
variants or less commonly praesidium
pri-ˈsi-dē-əm How to pronounce presidium (audio)
prē-,
prī-
plural presidia pri-ˈsi-dē-ə How to pronounce presidium (audio)
prē-,
-ˈzi-,
prī-
or presidiums
1
: a permanent executive committee selected especially in Communist countries to act for a larger body
2
: a nongovernmental executive committee

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in literature and the only member of the council's executive presidium still free in Belarus, left for Germany. Yuras Karmanau, Star Tribune, 28 Sep. 2020 In 2017, the first clairin was officially exported to the U.S., and in April 2018, Slow Food launched a presidium in Haiti to protect and promote the traditions around its production. chicagotribune.com, 9 July 2019 Ryu also held various jobs, including as a member of the presidium of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament. Choe Sang-hun, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2019 In this photo distributed by the North Korean government, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un holds a meeting of the ruling party's presidium. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2017 Mr. Kim leads the presidium, which has two other members: Kim Yong-nam, the head of Parliament, and Hwang Pyong-so, the chief political officer of the military. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, 9 May 2016 The congress also elevated two of Mr. Kim’s closest aides — the party secretary, Choe Ryong-hae, and Pak Pong-ju, the prime minister and chief economic official — to join the presidium of the party’s Politburo. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, 9 May 2016 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium garrison

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of presidium was in 1920

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“Presidium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/presidium. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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