• IPA: /ˈpɹɛzɨdənt/
  1. The head of state of a republic.
    • 2007, Benjamin Camins, Hillary Is the Best Choice, Page 144
      […] to change the pattern of the last 220 years of only voting for a white male president, and elect a woman president […]
    The vast majority of presidents have been male.
  2. In presidential republics, the head of government and head of state.
  3. Primary leader of a corporation. Not to be confused with CEO, which is a related but separate position that is sometimes held by a different person.
  4. A person presiding over a meeting, chair, presiding officer, presider.
  5. Obsolete form of precedent#English|precedent.
  • (American head of state) POTUS
  • (head of a college or university) provost (UK)
  • (head of various specific bodies) prepositus
  • (informal, jocular) prexy, prez
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president (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      His angels president / In every province.


president (plural presidents)

  1. An honorific for the head of state of a republic; see president (definition 1).
    the President of the United States

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