- 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
- Obsolete 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: Middle English from Old English profost and amp; Old French provost, both from Midieval Latin propositus, for Classical Latin praepositus, chief, prefect, origin, originally past participle of praeponere, to set before, place first from prae-, before plush ponere, to place: see pre- and amp; position
- provostship noun
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noun Abbr. Prov.
- 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: Middle English, from Old English profost and Old French provost, both from Medieval Latin prōpositus, alteration of Latin praepositus, person placed over others, superintendent, from past participle of praepōnere, to place over : prae-, pre- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.