[ prez-i-duhnt ]
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  1. the highest executive officer of a modern republic, as the chief executive of the United States: sworn in as the 56th president of Mexico.

  2. an officer appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of persons.

  1. the chief officer of a college, university, society, corporation, etc.

  2. a person who presides.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for president


/ (ˈprɛzɪdənt) /

  1. (often capital) the chief executive or head of state of a republic, esp of the US

  2. (in the US) the chief executive officer of a company, corporation, etc

  1. a person who presides over an assembly, meeting, etc

  2. the chief executive officer of certain establishments of higher education

Origin of president

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

Derived forms of president

  • presidential (ˌprɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl), adjective
  • presidentially, adverb
  • presidentship, noun

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