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
Recent Examples of prefect from the Web
The prefect of Dirkou locality, Bachir Manzo, said Thursday that the dead included three babies, two children and 17 women.
And the fact that most people will suspect neither its capabilities nor its expense is the prefect final reason to buy it.
The older two turned out to be rebels—her brother got kicked out of school for throwing rotten tomatoes at the prefect; her sister eloped at age 18.
The police prefect responsible for this failure is Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal), an antagonist invented by Calderón.
Paris’s police prefect has released photos of union members ripping up paving stones to be used as projectiles.
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PREFECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prefect for English Language Learners
: 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
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