President definition

prĕzĭ-dənt, -dĕnt
One appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of people, such as an assembly or meeting.
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The highest executive officer of a company, society, university, club, etc.
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The definition of a president is the highest elected or appointed officer or position within an organization.

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.

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The chief officer of a branch of government, corporation, board of trustees, university, or similar body.
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The chief executive officer of the United States, with powers as determined by the US Constitution.
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Any presiding officer.
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The chief executive of a republic having no prime minister.
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In parliamentary governments, the formal head, usually the presiding member of the legislative assembly or council.
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The head of state of a republic, a representative democracy and sometimes a dictatorship.

The vast majority of presidents have been male.

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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.
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A person presiding over a meeting, chair, presiding officer, presider.
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Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding.
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An honorific for the head of state of a republic; see president (definition 1).

The President of the United States.

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The chief executive of a republic.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
president
Plural:
presidents

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'.

    From Wiktionary