- an officer next in rank to a president who serves as president in the president's absence.
- an officer next in rank to a president who serves as a deputy to the president or oversees a special division or function.
- (initial capital letters) U.S. Government. the officer of this rank who is elected at the same time as the president and who succeeds to the presidency on the resignation, removal, death, or disability of the president.
Origin of vice president
First recorded in 1565–75
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If I were vice-president I should have so much care, so much responsibility.
Why, she never would have been vice-president if it had not been for me!
A woman is president of one bank and vice-president of another.
At five, Vice-president Tomlinson was to address the crowds.
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- 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 circumstancesAbbreviation: VP, V. Pres
Word Origin and History for vice-president
There seems to be no doubt of my election as V[ice] Pres[iden]t. It will have at least one advantage, that of permitting me to devote more of my time to my private affairs. [John C. Calhoun, letter to wife, Nov. 12, 1824]
Related: vice presidential; vice presidency.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper