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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PRES'IDENT, n. [L. proesidens.]
1. An officer elected or appointed to preside over a corporation, company or assembly of men, to keep order, manage their concerns or govern their proceedings; as the president of a banking company; the president of a senate, etc.
2. An officer appointed or elected to govern a province or territory, or to administer the government of a nation. The president of the United States is the chief executive magistrate.
3. The chief officer of a college or university.
4. A tutelar power.
Just Apollo, president of verse.
Vice-president, one who is second in authority to the president. The vice-president of the United States is president of the senate ex officio, and performs the duties of president when the latter is removed or disabled.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an executive officer of a firm or corporation
2: the person who holds the office of head of state of the United States government; "the President likes to jog every morning" [syn: President of the United States, United States President, President, Chief Executive]
3: the chief executive of a republic
4: the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; "address your remarks to the chairperson" [syn: president, chairman, chairwoman, chair, chairperson]
5: the head administrative officer of a college or university [syn: president, prexy]
6: the office of the United States head of state; "a President is elected every four years" [syn: President of the United States, President, Chief Executive]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praesident-, praesidens, from present participle of praesid?re Date: 14th century 1. an official chosen to preside over a meeting or assembly 2. an appointed governor of a subordinate political unit 3. the chief officer of an organization (as a corporation or institution) usually entrusted with the direction and administration of its policies 4. the presiding officer of a governmental body 5. a. an elected official serving as both chief of state and chief political executive in a republic having a presidential government b. an elected official having the position of chief of state but usually only minimal political powers in a republic having a parliamentary government presidential adjective presidentially adverb presidentship noun

Britannica Concise

In government, the officer in whom a nation's chief executive power is vested. In some countries, the president is the chief of state but not of the government, in which case the role is primarily ceremonial, with few or no political powers. Elsewhere, the president is both the leader of the government and the head of state. Presidents may be elected directly or indirectly, for a limited or unlimited number of terms. In the U.S., the president's chief duty is to ensure that the laws of the land are faithfully executed, which he does through various executive agencies and with the aid of his cabinet. He also serves as commander in chief of the armed forces, nominates judges to the Supreme Court, and makes treaties with foreign governments (contingent on Senate approval). See also prime minister.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the elected head of a republican State. 2 the head of a society or council etc. 3 the head of certain colleges. 4 US a the head of a university. b the head of a company, etc. 5 a person in charge of a meeting, council, etc. Derivatives: presidential adj. presidentially adv. presidentship n. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L (as PRESIDE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

President Pres"i*dent, n. Precedent. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

President Pres"i*dent, a. Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding. [R.] His angels president In every province. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

President Pres"i*dent, n. [F. pr['e]sident, L. praesidens, -entis, p. pr. of praesidere. See Preside.] 1. One who is elected or appointed to preside; a presiding officer, as of a legislative body. Specifically: (a) The chief officer of a corporation, company, institution, society, or the like. (b) The chief executive officer of the government in certain republics; as, the president of the United States. 2. A protector; a guardian; a presiding genius. [Obs.] Just Apollo, president of verse. --Waller.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(presidents) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. The president of a country that has no king or queen is the person who is the head of state of that country. The White House says the president would veto the bill. N-TITLE; N-COUNT: oft the N; N-VOC 2. The president of an organization is the person who has the highest position in it. ...Alexandre de Merode, the president of the medical commission. N-COUNT: usu N of n

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

prez'-i-dent (carakh): Used only in Da 6:2-7. Probably a Persian derivative from sar, "head," and the Aramaic equivalent for Hebrew shoter. The meaning is self-evident and refers to the appointment of Daniel by Darius to be one of the three princes who had rule over the satraps of the empire.

Moby Thesaurus

academic dean, administration, administrator, archon, chancellor, chief executive, chief executive officer, chief of state, dean, dean of men, dean of women, dewan, doge, executive, executive director, executive officer, executive secretary, grand vizier, head of state, headmaster, headmistress, magistrate, management, managing director, master, officer, official, prefect, premier, prexy, prime minister, principal, provost, rector, secretary, the administration, treasurer, vice-chancellor, vice-president, warden


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