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 \ pri-​ˈsi-​dē-​əm How to pronounce praesidium (audio) , prē-​ , prī-​ \
plural presidia\ pri-​ˈsi-​dē-​ə How to pronounce presidia (audio) , prē-​ , -​ˈzi-​ , prī-​ \ or presidiums

Definition of presidium

1 : a permanent executive committee selected especially in Communist countries to act for a larger body
2 : a nongovernmental executive committee

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Ryu also held various jobs, including as a member of the presidium of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament. Choe Sang-hun, BostonGlobe.com, "South Korean defects to the North, following in his parents’ footsteps," 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, "For Kim Jong Un, nuclear weapons are a security blanket. And he wants to keep it.," 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, "North Korea, Always Quotable: 9 Memorable Statements From Kim Jong-un’s Reign," 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, "North Korea, Always Quotable: 9 Memorable Statements From Kim Jong-un’s Reign," 9 May 2016

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First Known Use of presidium

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for presidium

Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium garrison

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