pre·​fec·​ture | \ ˈprē-ˌfek-chər How to pronounce prefecture (audio) \

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 How to pronounce prefectural (audio) , pri-​ˈfek-​ \ adjective

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A few years ago, that most heavily traveled branch of the Western Pacific was constituted as a prefecture (county) of a mainland Chinese province. WSJ, "America Has Already Lost the Western Pacific," 8 Mar. 2019 Completion of a bullet train line from Tokyo to the prefecture capital, Kanazawa, four years ago fueled an influx of tourists, while manufacturing, especially of food products, is booming. Greg Ip, WSJ, "How Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy," 11 Jan. 2019 About half the victims were in Hiroshima prefecture, where the more than 100 deaths exceeded the 77 killed by landslides in the same state in 2014. Ken Moritsugu, Fox News, "Deadly month: Japan's weather-related deaths top 300 in July," 31 July 2018 The fish are currently under local regulation, so each Japanese prefecture will have to decide on how the new fish will be treated soon. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids," 11 Dec. 2018 The deaths included a man in his 70s who was blown to the ground from his apartment in Osaka prefecture. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Stranded people leave flooded airport after typhoon in Japan," 4 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of prefecture

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prefecture was in the 15th century

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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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