Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 1865
- An example of a president is the highest position within a company.
- An example of a president is the elected commander in chief of the United States.
- the highest executive officer of a company, society, university, club, etc.
- the chief executive of a republic having no prime minister
- in parliamentary governments, the formal head, usually the presiding member of the legislative assembly or council
- any presiding officer
Origin of presidentMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin praesidens from present participle of praesidere: see preside
- One appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of people, such as an assembly or meeting.
- a. The chief executive of a republic.b. The chief executive officer of the United States, with powers as determined by the US Constitution.
- The chief officer of a branch of government, corporation, board of trustees, university, or similar body.
Origin of presidentMiddle English from Old French from Latin praesidēns praesident- from present participle of praesidēre to preside ; see preside .
Usage Note: Occupations that are also titles, like president, doctor, and senator are normally capitalized when they precede a proper name but are not capitalized when used as common nouns: the comments of President Obama; the president's news conference.
- The head of state of a republic, a representative democracy and sometimes a dictatorship.
- The vast majority of presidents have been male.
- Primary leader of a corporation. Not to be confused with CEO, which is a related but separate position that is sometimes held by a different person.
- A person presiding over a meeting, chair, presiding officer, presider.
- Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding.
From French prÃ©sident, from Latin praesidÄ“ns (“presiding over; president, leader") (accusative: praesidentem). The Latin word is the substantivized present active participle of the verb praesideÅ (“preside over"). The verb is composed from prae (“before") and sedeÅ (“sit"). The original meaning of the verb is 'to sit before' in the sense of presiding at a meeting. A secondary meaning of the verb is 'to command, to govern'. So praesidÄ“ns means 'the presiding one on a meeting' or 'governor, commander'.
- Used for anyone who has had the office of head of state, even if not currently in office.