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

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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The first known use of prefect was in the 14th century

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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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