The president is the person officially in charge — whether it’s of a republic, a company, a college, or a fan club.

This is a word for a leader, like the President of the United States or the president of the National Football League Players' Union. Many organizations have presidents, and they're usually elected by members of that group. When it’s followed by a name, the title president gets a capital p, as in President Obama. Whether with a P or p, the job of a president is to preside in a formal or official capacity.

Definitions of president

n the chief executive of a republic

Vigdis Finnbogadottir
former president of Iceland; first woman to be democratically elected head of state (born in 1930)
a former president
Type of:
chief of state, head of state
the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government

n an executive officer of a firm or corporation

Type of:
business executive, corporate executive
an executive in a business corporation

n the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

chair, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman
Kalon Tripa
the chairman of the Kashag and essentially head of the Tibetan government-in-exile
vice chairman
one ranking below or serving in the place of a chairman
Type of:
presiding officer
the leader of a group meeting

n the head administrative officer of a college or university

Type of:
academic administrator
an administrator in a college or university

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