The definition of a provost is a person with authority.(noun)
An example of a provost is a school principal.
See provost in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OE profost & OFr provost, both < ML propositus, for L praepositus, chief, prefect, orig. pp. of praeponere, to set before, place first < prae-, before + ponere, to place: see pre- & position
See provost in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun Abbr. Prov.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English profost
Origin: and Old French provost
Origin: , both from Medieval Latin prōpositus
Origin: , alteration of Latin praepositus, person placed over others, superintendent
Origin: , from past participle of praepōnere, to place over
Origin: : prae-, pre-
Origin: + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
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