prefecture

noun
pre·​fec·​ture | \ˈprē-ˌfek-chər \

Definition of prefecture 

1 : the office or term of office of a prefect

2 : the official residence of a prefect

3 : the district governed by a prefect

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Other Words from prefecture

prefectural \ˈprē-​ˌfek-​chə-​rəl, pri-​ˈfek-​ \ adjective

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But nobody has been harder on Fukushima than the neighboring prefectures. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Police said five others died elsewhere in the prefecture after being hit by flying objects or falling from their apartments. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Stranded people leave flooded airport after typhoon in Japan," 4 Sep. 2018 Kochi prefecture, on Shikoku, issued landslide warnings almost over the entire island. Washington Post, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 7 July 2018 Kochi prefecture, on Shikoku, issued landslide warnings almost over the entire island. Yuri Kageyama, Fox News, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 7 July 2018 In nearby Shiga prefecture, a 71-year-old man died when a storage building collapsed on him, and a man in his 70s died after falling from a roof in Mie, officials said. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Stranded people leave flooded airport after typhoon in Japan," 4 Sep. 2018 Henri Depele, the mayor of the town of Sibut, the capital of Kmo, a prefecture in the Central African Republic, told the Reuters news agency that the journalists were killed in an ambush in the region Monday night. Ivan Nechpurenko, The Seattle Times, "3 Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic," 31 July 2018 Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture. Haruka Nuga And Yuri Kageyama, chicagotribune.com, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 8 July 2018 Several days of heavy rainfall that weather officials have called historic set off flooding and landslides in widespread areas of western Japan, including Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures. Fox News, "Rescuers look through mud for Japan flood victims; 122 dead," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of prefecture

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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prefecture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prefecture

: any one of the areas into which some countries (such as Japan and France) are divided for local government : the area that is governed by a prefect

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