[prez-i-duh nt-i-lekt]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for president-elect

Contemporary Examples of president-elect

Historical Examples of president-elect

  • He tells me it was like a President-elect on the way to be inaugurated.

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

  • The week before the inauguration was a busy one for the President-elect.

    Abraham Lincoln

    William Eleroy Curtis

  • The President-elect then raised the flag to the top of the staff.

  • They have abandoned the doctrine of the President-elect upon that point.

    The Great Conspiracy, Part 2.

    John Alexander Logan

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for president-elect



a person who has been elected president but has not yet entered office
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