Definition of presidium noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also praesidium especially in British English) noun
BrE BrE//prɪˈsɪdiəm//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsɪdiəm//
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a permanent committee that makes important decisions as part of a government or large political organization, especially in communist countries Word Origin1920s: from Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium ‘protection, garrison’ (see preside).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: presidium