president

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French president, from Latin praesidēns (presiding over; president, leader) (accusative: praesidentem). The Latin word is the substantivized present active participle of the verb praesideō (preside over). The verb is composed from prae (before) and sedeō (sit). The original meaning of the verb is 'to sit before' in the sense of presiding at a meeting. A secondary meaning of the verb is 'to command, to govern'. So praesidēns means 'the presiding one on a meeting' or 'governor, commander'.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛzɪdənt/
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pre‧si‧dent

Noun[edit]

president (plural presidents, feminine presidentess)

  1. The head of state of a republic.
    • 1965, Truman, Harry S., MP2002-401 Former President Truman Discusses "The Buck Stops Here"[1], Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162, 0:20 from the start:
      Well, nobody else can make a decision but me because I was the President and the final decision comes to the President, you know. I used to have a sign on my desk that said, "The Buck Stops Here." The buck stops at the president's desk when he's president of the United States, and he either makes the decisions or he lets them go by default, and you can't afford to do that when you're president.
    • 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; a chair, presiding officer, presider.
  5. Obsolete form of precedent.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], part 1, 2nd edition, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene vii:
      The thirſt of raigne and ſweetnes of a crowne,
      That cauſd the eldeſt ſonne of heauenly Ops,
      To thruſt his doting father from his chaire,
      And place himſelfe in the Emperiall heauen,
      Moou’d me to menage armes againſt thy ſtate.
      What better preſident than mightie Ioue?

Synonyms[edit]

  • (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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Adjective[edit]

president (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding.

Verb[edit]

president (third-person singular simple present presidents, present participle presidenting, simple past and past participle presidented)

  1. To act as president; to do presidential duties.

References[edit]

  • president at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • president in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911

Catalan[edit]

Catalan Wikipedia has an article on:
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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

president m (plural presidents)

  1. president

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Czech[edit]

Czech Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia cs

Noun[edit]

president m

  1. Alternative spelling of prezident

Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pre‧si‧dent
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Noun[edit]

president m (plural presidenten, diminutive presidentje n)

  1. president

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: president
  • Caribbean Javanese: présidhèn
  • Indonesian: presiden
  • Papiamentu: presidènt

Ladin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

president m (plural presidenc)

  1. president

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

president m (plural presidens)

  1. president (leader of an organization)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nb

Etymology[edit]

From Latin praesidens.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: pre‧si‧dent

Noun[edit]

president m (definite singular presidenten, indefinite plural presidenter, definite plural presidentene)

  1. a president

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Latin praesidens.

Noun[edit]

president m (definite singular presidenten, indefinite plural presidentar, definite plural presidentane)

  1. a president

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Occitan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

president m (plural presidents)

  1. president

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Catalan president. Doublet of presidente.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɾesiˈden(d)/, [pɾe.siˈð̞ẽn(ð̞)]

Noun[edit]

president m (plural presidents)

  1. president of Catalonia

Swedish[edit]

Swedish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Pronunciation[edit]

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president c

  1. a chairman, presiding member of an assembly, e.g. a court of law
  2. a president, head of state in a republic

Declension[edit]

Declension of president 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative president presidenten presidenter presidenterna
Genitive presidents presidentens presidenters presidenternas

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