1 often cap the chief executive or head of state of a republic, esp. of the U.S.
2 (in the U.S.) 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)
Lord President of the Council
n (in Britain) the Cabinet minister who presides at meetings of the Privy Council
n a person who has been elected president but has not yet entered office
n an officer ranking immediately below a president and serving as his deputy. A vice president takes the president's place during his absence or incapacity, after his death, and in certain other circumstances, (Abbrevs.)
VP, V. Pres
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