prefect

noun
pre·​fect | \ ˈprē-ˌfekt How to pronounce prefect (audio) \

Definition of prefect

1 : any of various high officials or magistrates of differing functions and ranks in ancient Rome
2 : a chief officer or chief magistrate
3 : a student monitor in a usually private school

Examples of prefect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deficit has ranged between €60 million and €70 million in most recent years, the Rev. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, told the official Vatican News earlier this year. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Kick-Starts Financial Overhaul, Pressed by Scandals, Deficit," 28 Dec. 2020 The letter was signed by Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, the Vatican prefect, and Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, Vatican secretary. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Vatican says getting COVID-19 vaccine 'morally acceptable' despite ties to abortion," 21 Dec. 2020 That document was signed by the then-prefect of the office, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI and Francis’ predecessor. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview. Where did the footage come from?," 22 Oct. 2020 That document was signed by the then-prefect of the office, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI and Francis’ predecessor. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview. Where did the footage come from?," 22 Oct. 2020 Some tombs at Hegra are the final resting places for high-ranking officers and their families, who, according to the writing on their tombs, took the adopted Roman military titles of prefect and centurion to the afterworld with them. Lauren Keith, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hegra, an Ancient City in Saudi Arabia Untouched for Millennia, Makes Its Public Debut," 23 Nov. 2020 That document was signed by the then-prefect of the office, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI and Francis’ predecessor. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview. Where did the footage come from?," 22 Oct. 2020 That document was signed by the then-prefect of the office, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI and Francis’ predecessor. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview. Where did the footage come from?," 22 Oct. 2020 That document was signed by the then-prefect of the office, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI and Francis’ predecessor. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview. Where did the footage come from?," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of prefect

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Prefect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prefect. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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prefect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prefect

: a chief officer or government official who is responsible for a particular area in some countries (such as Japan and France)
chiefly British : an older student who is given the job of helping to watch and control younger students in a school

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