executive


executive
executive
in general use denotes one of three branches of government of which the other two are the legislative and the judicial. In the UK, it also denotes a rank of civil servant above administrative and clerical, and in the UK and US it means a high officer with important duties in a business organization. In attributive use (before a noun) executive has developed a meaning used in marketing to describe anything promoted as suitable for use by executives, i.e. luxurious or exclusive:

• You can quaff from ‘executive bars’…in ‘executive suites’ and top up from ‘executive ice machines’ on ‘executive floors’…We have…luxuriated over ‘executive menus’ (smoked salmon is an extra with the ‘executive breakfast’), and I once gratefully pocketed my ‘complimentary executive gifts’. —Lucinda Lambton, Listener, 1989.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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