Definition of head of state noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


head of state

BrE BrE//ˌhed əv ˈsteɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhed əv ˈsteɪt//
(pl. heads of state)
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the official leader of a country who is sometimes also the leader of the government The Queen was joined by the US President and other heads of state from around the world. She was sworn in as the country’s first civilian head of state in three decades. Visiting heads of state usually stay in the palace.
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