Definition of head of state in English:

head of state


  • The chief public representative of a country, such as a president or monarch, who may also be the head of government.

    ‘a ceremonial head of state’
    ‘he was formally appointed as head of state’
    • ‘The president serves as the head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces.’
    • ‘As long as the head of state is a president who is faithful to the constitution, fascism is harmless.’
    • ‘Women own about one per cent of the world's property and make up less than five per cent of the heads of state and cabinet ministers.’
    • ‘A republic is a form of government where the head of state is not a monarch.’
    • ‘The head of state, the prime minister, is a member of the majority party in a multiparty system.’
    • ‘The president is the ceremonial head of state and is elected by the assembly.’
    • ‘The president was the fourth head of state to visit the school in its history.’
    • ‘The president is the head of state and is elected by popular vote for a four-year term.’
    • ‘Because the president is also the head of state, it is harder to take him on, especially in these times.’
    • ‘What do you have to say to the heads of state and government leaders who are meeting there demanding a change?’
    • ‘Individual heads of state must bear the responsibility for their actions.’
    • ‘Windsor would now be under investigation by police and we would begin the process of selecting a proper head of state.’
    • ‘However, the resolution was only advisory and did not oblige the head of state to do anything.’
    • ‘Its also probably worth remembering that we do not vote for a head of state.’
    • ‘The difference with the recent demonstration was that it started out by saying no to the head of state.’
    • ‘Why do we insist on a human sacrifice just so we can cheerfully retain a feudal head of state for us to torment?’
    • ‘The head of state is not the president but the supreme leader, who is chosen from among Shiite clerics.’
    • ‘The Queen could face a referendum on her position as head of state if the Liberal Democrats' youth wing gets it way.’
    • ‘The protest was directed against the policies of the heads of state gathered together in the nearby town of Evian.’
    • ‘They all described how the Queen alone could be replaced by a head of state directly elected by the people.’


head of state

/ˈˌhɛd əv ˈsteɪt/