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
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The prefect of Dirkou locality, Bachir Manzo, said Thursday that the dead included three babies, two children and 17 women.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th century
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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