president

noun

pres·​i·​dent ˈpre-zə-dənt How to pronounce president (audio)
ˈprez-dənt,
ˈpre-zə-ˌdent,
 in rapid speech  ˈpre-zᵊnt
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
5
a
: 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
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 By winning more than 50% of the votes, Prabowo would become president on Oct. 20, when Jokowi’s second five-year term ends. Yessar Rosendar, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Marvel president Kevin Feige later confirmed the film during San Diego Comic-Con. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 But also, the president is going to stand and defend himself. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 Ousting a president from the White House for his failure to secure the border is another key feature our Founders built into our constitutional design. Ken Buck, National Review, 14 Feb. 2024 Kruse responded to the motion by claiming Presley requested to travel to Florida in January 2023 because Presley wanted to meet former president Donald Trump, view a property, and investigate options for a potential move to the state. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 14 Feb. 2024 The bill would have tightened restrictions on asylum eligibility at the southern border while providing the president with emergency powers to summarily expel migrants if crossings exceeded 5,000 daily. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 He was asked to join the board and later became chairman and president. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024 The president himself disputed the references to his memory in the report and emphasized the ultimate decision not to pursue charges. Robert Legare, CBS News, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praesident-, praesidens, from present participle of praesidēre

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of president was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“President.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/president. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

president

noun
pres·​i·​dent ˈprez-əd-ənt How to pronounce president (audio)
ˈprez-dənt,
ˈprez-ə-ˌdent
1
: a person who presides over a meeting
2
: the chief officer of an organization
a bank president
college president
president of our club
3
: the chief executive officer or the chief of state in a republic
presidential adjective

Legal Definition

president

noun
pres·​i·​dent ˈpre-zə-dənt, -ˌdent How to pronounce president (audio)
often capitalized
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
5
a
: 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
presidential adjective
presidentially adverb
presidentship noun

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