Definition of presidency in US English:



  • 1The office of president.

    ‘the presidency of the US’
    • ‘The image we see is of an aloof presidency, presiding over dysfunctional government agencies.’
    • ‘I think we all know that the presidency is tremendously hard work, even for a president like this one who keeps notoriously light hours.’
    • ‘But the presidency is an office of great responsibility and consequence.’
    • ‘We've heard the presidency called the loneliest job in the world, a splendid misery, whatever.’
    • ‘Lee succeeded to the presidency and remained in office for 12 years.’
    • ‘He was not, by some people's reckoning, a likely candidate for the presidency when he took office in 1979.’
    • ‘And I like to say that I knew right then and there that he'd be vice president and would be a candidate for the presidency.’
    • ‘In 1941 Maloney defeated the Communist candidate in a crucial election for the Labor Council presidency.’
    • ‘While seeking the presidency and while in office, Mr. Reagan was attacked by plenty of Republicans.’
    • ‘We did it through the presidency, the presidency of the United States.’
    • ‘It was clear that Bill Clinton loved the job of the presidency.’
    • ‘Most supporters of the candidates believe their machinery will do the job to win the presidency.’
    • ‘In effect, Congress delegated the war power to the presidency but reserved the right to force removal of the troops.’
    • ‘Among those who are stepping down from presidencies or chancellor posts to pursue retirement or other opportunities is a stellar group of African Americans.’
    • ‘Unlike any other elected office, the American presidency first and foremost is charged with keeping us safe and secure.’
    • ‘They are constitutionally excluded from holding the presidency or the premiership.’
    • ‘All presidents on assuming the presidency receive the same formal constitutional powers.’
    • ‘Losing the presidency is losing the presidency whether or not the election is close.’
    1. 1.1 The period of a president's office.
      ‘the liberal climate that existed during Carter's presidency’
      • ‘In domestic policies his presidency coincided with a period of considerable economic prosperity.’
      • ‘But then, no president had begun his presidency with less public support than President Clinton.’
      • ‘And it, also, comes on the first day of the U.S. presidency of the Security Council.’
      • ‘That man owes her big time, both for his presidency and now the chance to shape the supreme court for a generation.’
      • ‘Glenn served as a policy analyst in the White House Office of Domestic Policy during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.’
      • ‘President Polk during his presidency lusted for more land than the country had ever before controlled.’
      • ‘‘In a strange way, we've had two presidents and two presidencies,’ said Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution, who has been an adviser to four presidents.’
      • ‘Yet he never solicited money for his presidential library during his presidency.’
      • ‘What is the White House doing differently now to react to what is obviously a terrible political period for this presidency?’
      • ‘Take, for example, the regulation on access to documents agreed during the Swedish Council presidency of 2001.’
      • ‘The coming two months are a critical period because it will lay the groundwork for the next presidency and possibly have an effect on determining its success.’
      • ‘During Jefferson's presidency a friend observed him on his way to church, carrying a large prayer book.’
      • ‘Some of the money spent by Mr Calley in that period was directly linked to Ireland's presidency of the EU for the first half of 2004.’
      • ‘He cited both Lyndon Johnson's and Richard Nixon's presidencies as examples of presidencies that were toppled by torrents of negative public criticism.’
      • ‘We know that there have been 2.5 million jobs lost in his presidency.’
      • ‘Well, I don't think when you're talking about the history of a presidency the job simply is to unify the country.’
    2. 1.2Christian Church The role of the priest or minister who conducts a Eucharist.
      • ‘The surprise ruling left critics of lay presidency wondering what happened to the authority of the Book of Common Prayer, Anglican tradition and worldwide practice, and the 39 articles of faith.’
      • ‘Yet this does not mean that some critical observations cannot be made about the role of Eucharistic presidency as it has evolved.’
      • ‘It was self-evident that the presidency at the Eucharist should be given to those commissioned by ordination for this work.’
    3. 1.3 (in the Mormon church) a council of three officers forming the highest administrative body.
      • ‘The Presidencies then indexed the records and sent them to the India Office in London.’
      • ‘He had earlier served 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, the top governing body of the Church.’


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin praesidentia, from praesidere ‘sit before’ (see preside).