- a person or group of persons having administrative or supervisory authority in an organization.
- the person or persons in whom the supreme executive power of a government is vested.
- the executive branch of a government.
- of, relating to, or suited for carrying out plans, duties, etc.: executive ability.
- pertaining to or charged with the execution of laws and policies or the administration of public affairs: executive appointments; executive committees.
- designed for, used by, or suitable for executives: an executive suite.
Origin of executive
Examples from the Web for executive
Colfer adapted the later into a 2012 film, which he also executive produced and starred in.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer
December 15, 2014
After the show, Executive Chef Michael Franey explained the process by which the theater selects its menu.Dinner at Nitehawk Cinema: ‘Christmas Vacation’ and a Beer in a Pear Tree
December 12, 2014
The skit also implies that executive orders are a new aspect of governance.SNL Parodies Schoolhouse Rock Hilariously, Gets A Lot Wrong
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 24, 2014
In June, the executive offices of the Metropolitan Opera were broken into and graffitied with obscene messages.Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
The Emancipation Proclamation, as Nancy Pelosi reminds us, was an executive action.Why We Can’t Quit Calling Presidents ‘Kings’
November 22, 2014
We need a new engagement, too, between the Executive and the Congress.
The new nation proceeded, in the autumn of 1788, to the choice of an executive.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
That automatically made them captain and executive officer of the Benefactor.Join Our Gang?
Sterling E. Lanier
Grouvelle, secretary of the Executive Council, read them to him.
Then Calhoun faced the executive and cabinet of Dara for the second time.Pariah Planet
- having the function or purpose of carrying plans, orders, laws, etc, into practical effect
- of, relating to, or designed for an executivethe executive suite
- informal of the most expensive or exclusive typeexecutive housing; executive class
Word Origin and History for executive
mid-15c., "performed, carried out;" 1640s, "of the branch of government that carries out the laws," from Middle French executif, from Latin executivus, from past participle stem of exequi (see execution). The noun in this sense is from 1776, as a branch of government. Meaning "businessman" is 1902 in American English. Executive privilege is attested by 1805, American English.