from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various permanent executive committees in Communist countries having power to act for a larger governing body.
- n. An executive committee of the Supreme Soviet headed by the president.
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- n. Such an executive committee headed by the President of the Supreme Soviet.
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- n. a permanent executive committee in socialist countries that has all the powers of some larger legislative body and that acts for it when it is not in session
Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium, garrison; see presidio.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian президиум (prezídium), from Latin praesidium. (Wiktionary)