(often initial capital letter) the highest executive officer of a modern republic, as the Chief Executive of the United States.
an officer appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of persons.
the chief officer of a college, university, society, corporation, etc.
a person who presides.

1325–75; Middle English < Latin praesident- (stem of praesidēns), noun use of present participle of praesidēre to preside, govern; see -ent

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president (ˈprɛzɪdənt)
1.  (often capital) the chief executive or head of state of a republic, esp of the US
2.  (in the US) the chief executive officer of a company, corporation, etc
3.  a person who presides over an assembly, meeting, etc
4.  the chief executive officer of certain establishments of higher education
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin praesidens ruler; see preside]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "appointed governor of a province, chosen leader of a body of persons," from L. præsidentum (nom. præsidens) "president, governor," noun use of prp. of præsidere "to act as head or chief" (see preside). First use for "chief executive officer
of a republic" is in U.S. Constitution (1787), from earlier use for "officer in charge of the Continental Congress" (1774); it had been used of chief officers of banks from 1781, of individual colonies since 1608 (originally Virginia) and heads of colleges since mid-15c. Slang shortening prez is recorded from 1892.
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Example sentences for president
The running guy signs a contract with the president of villains, inc.
In the parodies, his vice president is fellow conservative pundit ann coulter.
I beg you to strike a medal for duke, to order the president to strike it.
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