President Definition

prĕzĭ-dənt, -dĕnt
One appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of people, such as an assembly or meeting.
American Heritage
The chief executive of a republic having no prime minister.
Webster's New World
The highest executive officer of a company, society, university, club, etc.
Webster's New World
The chief executive officer of the United States, with powers as determined by the US Constitution.
American Heritage
In parliamentary governments, the formal head, usually the presiding member of the legislative assembly or council.
Webster's New World
Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding.

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Origin of President

  • 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

  • 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

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