- præsident (archaic)
From French président, 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'.
president (plural presidents)
- The head of state of a republic, a representative democracy and sometimes a dictatorship.
- The vast majority of presidents have been male.
- 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.
- A person presiding over a meeting, chair, presiding officer, presider.
- prez (humorous or informal)
president m (plural presidens)
- president (leader of an organization)
- a chairman, presiding member of an assembly, e.g. a court of law
- a president, head of state in a republic
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