- the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.
- attendance or company: Your presence is requested.
- immediate vicinity; proximity: in the presence of witnesses.
- the military or economic power of a country as reflected abroad by the stationing of its troops, sale of its goods, etc.: the American military presence in Europe; the Japanese presence in the U.S. consumer market.
- Chiefly British. the immediate personal vicinity of a great personage giving audience or reception: summoned to her presence.
- the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or manner of a person's bearing before an audience: The speaker had a good deal of stage presence.
- personal appearance or bearing, especially of a dignified or imposing kind: a man of fine presence.
- a person, especially of noteworthy appearance or compelling personality: He is a real presence, even at a private party.
- a divine or supernatural spirit felt to be present: He felt a presence with him in the room.
- British Obsolete. presence chamber.
Origin of presence
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Examples from the Web for presences
The fir-trees are like presences on the darkness: each one only a presence.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
Of these two presences he was always conscious; they were as living as his own heart.Yonder
Emily Hilda Young
We are never alone, though we are rarely conscious of other presences.William Sharp (Fiona Macleod)
Elizabeth A. Sharp
If ever a house were haunted by past presences, that house is Boscobel.A Leisurely Tour in England
James John Hissey
At that moment of time, throughout the house, the Presences departed.Fortitude
- the state or fact of being present
- the immediate proximity of a person or thing
- personal appearance or bearing, esp of a dignified nature
- an imposing or dignified personality
- an invisible spirit felt to be nearby
- electronics a recording control that boosts mid-range frequencies
- (of a recording) a quality that gives the impression that the listener is in the presence of the original source of the sound
- obsolete assembly or company
- obsolete short for presence chamber
Word Origin and History for presences
mid-14c., "fact of being present," from Old French presence (12c., Modern French présence), from Latin praesentia "a being present," from praesentem (see present (n.)). Meaning "carriage, demeanor, aspect" (especially if impressive) is from 1570s; that of "divine, spiritual, or incorporeal being felt as present" is from 1660s. Presence of mind (1660s) is a loan-translation of French présence d'esprit, Latin praesentia animi.