The definition of a provost is a person with authority.
An example of a provost is a school principal.
- a superintendent; official in charge
- the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh
- Obs. a jailer
- Eccles. the head of a cathedral chapter or principal church
- the head of any of certain colleges in the British Isles
- ⌂ in certain American universities, an administrative official dealing chiefly with faculty, curriculum, etc.
Origin of provostMiddle English ; from Old English profost and amp; Old French provost, both ; from Medieval Latin propositus, for Classical Latin praepositus, chief, prefect, origin, originally past participle of praeponere, to set before, place first ; from prae-, before + ponere, to place: see pre- and amp; position
- A university administrator of high rank.
- The highest official in certain cathedrals or collegiate churches.
- The keeper of a prison.
- The chief magistrate of certain Scottish cities.
Origin of provostMiddle English, from Old English profost and Old French provost, both from Medieval Latin pr&omacron;positus, alteration of Latin praepositus, person placed over others, superintendent, from past participle of praep&omacron;nere, to place over : prae-, pre- + p&omacron;nere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
From Medieval Latin prÅpositus, from Latin praepositus (“placed in front").
- A surname.