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

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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 Okayama prefecture said in a statement that four people had died, eight others were missing and 11 were injured, at least one of them seriously. Haruka Nuga And Yuri Kageyama, BostonGlobe.com, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 8 July 2018 Kochi prefecture, on Shikoku, issued landslide warnings almost over the entire island. Haruka Nuga And Yuri Kageyama, chicagotribune.com, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 8 July 2018 Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. NBC News, "38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan," 7 July 2018 Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. Yuri Kageyama, Fox News, "38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan," 7 July 2018 Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, "Dozens dead, more than 90 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan," 7 July 2018 In Hiroshima prefecture, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees and mud. Haruka Nuga And Yuri Kageyama, chicagotribune.com, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 8 July 2018 Evacuation orders had been issued to more than 360,000 people, the prefecture said in a statement. Throughout the affected areas, parked cars sat in pools of water. NBC News, "38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan," 7 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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