vice president

or vice-pres·i·dent

[ vahys-prez-i-duhnt ]

  1. an officer next in rank to a president who serves as president in the president's absence.

  2. an officer next in rank to a president who serves as a deputy to the president or oversees a special division or function.

  1. U.S. Government. the officer of this rank who is elected at the same time as the president and who succeeds to the presidency upon the resignation, removal, death, or disability of the president: Lincoln's first vice president was Hannibal Hamlin.

Origin of vice president

First recorded in 1565–75

Other words from vice president

  • vice pres·i·den·cy, vice-pres·i·den·cy, noun
  • vice-pres·i·den·tial, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vice president in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vice president

vice president

  1. an officer ranking immediately below a president and serving as his deputy. A vice president takes the president's place during his absence or incapacity, after his death, and in certain other circumstances: Abbreviation: VP, V. Pres

Derived forms of vice president

  • vice presidency, noun
  • vice presidential, adjective

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