president etymology

English word president comes from Latin praesideo

Detailed word origin of president

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
praesideo Latin (lat) I guard, watch, protect, defend.. I preside over, have the care or management of, direct, command, control, govern, superintend.. I sit before or in front of.. I sit beforehand.
praesidens Latin (lat)
president Old French (fro)
president English (eng) (archaic) Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding. A person presiding over a meeting, chair, presiding officer, presider.. 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.. The head of state of a republic, a representative democracy and sometimes a [...]