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[prez-i-duh nt-i-lekt] /ˈprɛz ɪ dənt ɪˈlɛkt/
a president after election but before induction into office.
Origin of president-elect
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As he was the president-elect, to go to him uninvited would have been infringement of his dignity as well as of my pride.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • He tells me it was like a president-elect on the way to be inaugurated.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • president-elect Nixon, in the days ahead, is going to need your understanding, just as I did.

  • A more widely read man would have dismissed the "fetch" like the president-elect, but with a laugh.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • The president-elect replied that he had no picture which was satisfactory, but would gladly sit for one.

    McClure's Magazine December, 1895 Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
British Dictionary definitions for president-elect


a person who has been elected president but has not yet entered office
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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