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 desk sergeant called the police prefect, who immediately informed Interior Minister Christian Bonnet. Tom Sancton, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 The tone of his letter seems to indicate that age and solitude have mellowed the once high-handed prefect. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2022 At the Vatican, Bazzel worked under the direction of Cardinal Benjamin Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, which assists Pope Francis in promoting the well-being of priests, deacons and seminarians throughout the world. al, 12 Feb. 2022 The letter was signed by the Vatican prefect and the secretary before the pope approved the text on Thursday and released the note Monday. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 21 Dec. 2020 The prefect of Guadeloupe said 11 people were arrested by police overnight Sunday into Monday. Elodie Soupama, ajc, 22 Nov. 2021 The wildfire has forced about 10,000 people to flee homes, campgrounds and hotels, sending them to sleep in temporary shelters, the prefect tweeted. Arkansas Online, 19 Aug. 2021 The prefect of the Var region, Evence Richard, told reporters that two people were killed. Arkansas Online, 19 Aug. 2021 You Heung-sik, currently the bishop of Daejeon, replaces the retiring Cardinal Beniamino Stella as prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, the Vatican said Friday. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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