noun pre·fect \ˈprē-ˌfekt\

: 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

:  any of various high officials or magistrates of differing functions and ranks in ancient Rome
:  a chief officer or chief magistrate
:  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

Other Foreign Functionary Terms

count, despot, emir, wardrobe, yeoman


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