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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of president
- Middle English from Old French from Latin praesidēns praesident- from present participle of praesidēre to preside preside
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French président, from Latin praesidÄ“ns (“presiding over; president, leader") (accusative: praesidentem). The Latin word is the substantivized present active participle of the verb praesideō (“preside over"). The verb is composed from prae (“before") and sedeō (“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'.