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president

[ prez-i-duhnt ]
/ ˈprɛz ɪ dənt /
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noun

the highest executive officer of a modern republic, as the chief executive of the United States: sworn in as the 56th president of Mexico.
an officer appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of persons.
the chief officer of a college, university, society, corporation, etc.
a person who presides.

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Origin of president

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Latin praesident- (stem of praesidēns ), noun use of present participle of praesidēre “to preside over, sit in front of”; see preside, -ent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH president

precedence, precedents, presidents
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British Dictionary definitions for president

president
/ (ˈprɛzɪdənt) /

noun

(often capital) the chief executive or head of state of a republic, esp of the US
(in the US) the chief executive officer of a company, corporation, etc
a person who presides over an assembly, meeting, etc
the chief executive officer of certain establishments of higher education

Derived forms of president

presidential (ˌprɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl), adjectivepresidentially, adverbpresidentship, noun

Word Origin for president

C14: via Old French from Late Latin praesidens ruler; see preside
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