provost

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pro·vost

noun \ˈprō-ˌvōst, ˈprä-vəst, ˈprō-vəst, especially attributive ˌprō-(ˌ)vō\

: an official of high rank at a university

: the head of a college at a university

: the head of a Scottish town

Full Definition of PROVOST

1
:  the chief dignitary of a collegiate or cathedral chapter
2
:  the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh
3
:  the keeper of a prison
4
:  a high-ranking university administrative officer

Origin of PROVOST

Middle English, from Old English profost & Anglo-French provost, from Medieval Latin propositus, alteration of praepositus, from Latin, one in charge, director, from past participle of praeponere to place at the head — more at preposition
First Known Use: before 12th century

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