[pri-sid-ee-uh m]

noun, plural pre·sid·i·ums, pre·sid·i·a [pri-sid-ee-uh] /prɪˈsɪd i ə/. (often initial capital letter)

(in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries) an administrative committee, usually permanent and governmental, acting when its parent body is in recess but exercising full powers: the presidium of the Supreme Soviet.

Origin of presidium

1815–25; < Latin prae-sidium, derivative of praes(es) (stem praesid-) guardian, governor, literally, one sitting before. See preside, -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • You are Chairman of the Presidium; is this how you keep order here?

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    Henry Beam Piper

  • They elected the seven members of the Presidium, who drew lots for the Chairmanship.

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    Henry Beam Piper

  • The Presidium appointed the Chiefs of Managements, who also served for life.

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    Henry Beam Piper

  • More importantly, the presidium assumed the powers and functions of the National Assembly when the latter was not in session.

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    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • In practice, the Assembly listens to the reading of bills drawn up by its Presidium and then votes unanimous approval.

British Dictionary definitions for presidium



noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)

(often capital) (in Communist countries) a permanent committee of a larger body, such as a legislature, that acts for it when it is in recess
a collective presidency, esp of a nongovernmental organization

Word Origin for presidium

C20: from Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium, from praesidēre to superintend; see preside
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Word Origin and History for presidium



permanent administrative committee of the U.S.S.R., 1924, from Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium "a presiding over, defense," from praesidere (see preside).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper