president

[ prez-i-duh nt ]
/ ˈprɛz ɪ dənt /

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noun

(often initial capital letter) the highest executive officer of a modern republic, as the Chief Executive of the United States.
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.

Origin of president

1325–75; Middle English < Latin praesident- (stem of praesidēns), noun use of present participle of praesidēre to preside, govern; see -ent

Can be confused

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

presidential (ˌprɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl), adjectivepresidentially, adverbpresidentship, noun

Word Origin for president

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