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prefect

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noun pre·fect \ˈprē-ˌfekt\

Simple Definition of prefect

  • : a chief officer or government official who is responsible for a particular area in some countries (such as Japan and France)

  • : an older student who is given the job of helping to watch and control younger students in a school

Full Definition of prefect

  1. 1 :  any of various high officials or magistrates of differing functions and ranks in ancient Rome

  2. 2 :  a chief officer or chief magistrate

  3. 3 :  a student monitor in a usually private school

Origin of prefect

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praefectus, from past participle of praeficere to place at the head of, from prae- + facere to make — more at do


First Known Use: 14th century

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