Definition of president in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈprɛzɪd(ə)nt/


1The elected head of a republican state: the Irish president [as title]: President Kennedy
More example sentences
  • It had a democratically elected president and a Congress just as we do.
  • I never thought I'd be so well cared for by the president and the Republicans in Congress.
  • Everyone who says vote Democrat at any price accepts that somehow Democratic presidents have a better record than Republican presidents.
head of state, chief of state, elected head of a country
1.1The head of a society, council, or other organization: the president of the European Union
More example sentences
  • It's hard to be interested in winning when your organization - from the president down to the manager - isn't.
  • Samuel Pepys was the son of a London tailor and a president of the Royal Society.
  • And we'll also have gorillas, crows, dogs, and the new president of the Royal Society of London.
1.2The head of certain colleges.
Example sentences
  • Baker and Upshaw assert that understanding and supporting the college mission is a basic expectation for community college presidents and their leadership teams.
  • This person assisted the college presidents in alliance administrative matters.
  • The executive director is on a par with the college presidents but does not have an allegiance to a particular campus, thus serving as a neutral party.
1.3North American The head of a university.
Example sentences
  • A new president of Murray State University, F. King Alexander, took office this past winter.
  • Only 2 percent of all women presidents head major research universities.
  • The chief executive officer of a university is the president, who is usually appointed by the government.
1.4North American The head of a company.
Example sentences
  • Foster was the president of Shaker Title Services, which is now defunct.
  • Ecuador's state oil company president resigned Tuesday for failing to halt a steady decline in production.
chairman, chairwoman;
managing director, MD, chief executive (officer), CEO, director
2 Christian Church The celebrant at a Eucharist.
Example sentences
  • The old typology understands the president at the Eucharist not in terms of a bare symbolism, but in terms of a symbolic realism.
  • It was important, the president and the clergyman said, that they hear from a representative woman.
  • The challenge cannot be remanded solely to rectors and presidents; it must effectively engage the entire community of believers.



Pronunciation: /ˈprɛzɪd(ə)n(t)ʃɪp/
noun ( archaic)
Example sentences
  • After the shame of Gujarat, which has tarnished India's image as a secular, tolerant country, his presidentship is likely to send a positive message to the world.
  • A meeting of all these committees was held in a marriage palace, 3 km from here, under the presidentship of Mr Ahir.
  • The university's Urdu department organised many large seminars during his presidentship.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin praesident- 'sitting before' (see preside).

Words that rhyme with president


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: presi|dent

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.