Prefect Definition

prēfĕkt
prefects
noun
In ancient Rome, any of various high-ranking officials or chief magistrates in charge of governmental or military departments.
Webster's New World
In modern times, any of various administrative officials.
Webster's New World
In some private schools, esp. in England, an older student with disciplinary authority.
Webster's New World

The head of a department in France.

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Other Word Forms of Prefect

Noun

Singular:
prefect
Plural:
prefects

Origin of Prefect

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin praefectus from past participle of praeficere to place at the head of prae- pre- facere to make dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin praefectus (“overseer, director, prefect"). Literally 'one having been put in charge'.

    From Wiktionary

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