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noun (pl=presidia, pl2=presidiums)
  1. A permanent executive committee used primarily in Communist countries of which has the power to act for a larger governing body.
  2. Such an executive committee headed by the President of the Supreme Soviet.
Etymology: From the (Russ.) (prezidium), from the w:Latin language, Latin praesidium. Entered the w:English language, English language in w:1920, 1920.


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