One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The president or chair of a meeting, committee, board, etc.
2A moderator in a university.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Hales (1584–1656), scholar. From classical Latin praesid-, praeses guardian, protector, governor, in post-classical Latin also count, alderman, reeve, president in an academic institution from praesidēre.
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