A school principal talking to a student.
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 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 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 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.
From Medieval Latin prÅpositus, from Latin praepositus (“placed in front").
- A surname.