One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In Mexico and the Philippines: the chief official of a town or village. Now historical.
2The president of a Spanish-speaking country or sovereign state.
3A Cuban cocktail made from white rum, vermouth, grenadine, and curaçao.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Littell's Living Age. From Spanish presidente governor (of the Philippines), president, head of state, type of Cuban cocktail (not dated in dictionaries of Spanish): see president.
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