President

A president is a leader of an organization, company, club, trade union, university, country, a division or part of any of these, or, more generally, anything else.

Etymologically, a president is one who presides, (from Latin prae- "before" + sedere "to sit"; giving the term praeses). Originally, the term referred to the presiding officer of a ceremony or meeting (i.e., chairman), but today it most commonly refers to an official. Among other things, "President" today is a common title for the heads of state of most republics, whether popularly elected, chosen by the legislature or by a special electoral college.

Famous quotes containing the word president:

    You don’t need to know who’s playing on the White House tennis court to be a good president. A president has many roles.
    James Baker (b. 1930)

    Colonel “Bat” Guano: Okay, I’m going to get your money for you. But if you don’t get the President of the United States on that phone, you know what’s going to happen to you?
    Group Captain Lionel Mandrake: What?
    Colonel “Bat” Guano: You’re going to have to answer to the Coca-Cola company.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928)

    We must choose. Be a child of the past with all its crudities and imperfections, its failures and defeats, or a child of the future, the future of symmetry and ultimate success.
    Frances E. Willard 1839–1898, U.S. president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union 1879-1891, author, activist. The Woman’s Magazine, pp. 137-40 (January 1887)