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provost

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

Simple Definition of provost

  • : an official of high rank at a university

  • : the head of a college at a university

  • : the head of a Scottish town

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of provost

  1. 1 :  the chief dignitary of a collegiate or cathedral chapter

  2. 2 :  the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh

  3. 3 :  the keeper of a prison

  4. 4 :  a high-ranking university administrative officer

Origin and Etymology 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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