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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Other Words from prefecture

prefectural \ ˈprē-​ˌfek-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce prefectural (audio) , pri-​ˈfek-​ \ adjective

Examples of prefecture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prefecture on Japan’s northernmost island reported a record 96 new cases for Monday. Adam Martin, WSJ, "Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Tick Upward," 3 Nov. 2020 Just this October, Ito released her own sake label, brewed in her home prefecture of Aichi. Ligaya Malones, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We're Heading to San Diego—For Sake," 21 Oct. 2020 In Kagoshima prefecture, 246,251 people have been evacuated, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Helen Regan, CNN, "Thousands evacuated as powerful Typhoon Haishen barrels toward Japan and the Korean Peninsula," 6 Sep. 2020 As his parents’ eldest son, Mr. Suga defied tradition by leaving for Tokyo rather than taking over the family strawberry farm in Akita prefecture. Mari Yamaguchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Self-made and strong-willed: Meet Japan's new Prime Minister Suga," 16 Sep. 2020 Yoshihide Suga grew up in Akinomiya, a village that is now part of the city of Yuzawa in Akita prefecture. Miho Inada And Peter Landers, WSJ, "Can-Do Attitude Took Yoshihide Suga From Strawberry Fields to Japan’s Pinnacle," 4 Sep. 2020 Due to calls for an expedited process, the vote could this time be tilted with 394 for lawmakers, and 141 for local officials: three for each of the party’s 47 prefecture chapters. Jon Herskovitz,, "In Race for Power in Japan, Election Rules are Half the Battle," 31 Aug. 2020 The world’s failure to meet the Aichi targets—named after the Japanese prefecture where they were written—is hardly a surprise. Katya Zimmer, National Geographic, "The world missed a critical deadline to safeguard biodiversity, UN report says," 15 Sep. 2020 Researchers put those solutions to the test by climbing a mountain in Tokushima prefecture in southern Japan, says Jeffrey Gilbert, a spokesman at Otsuka. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "The 'Sweat' you drink: Inside the meteoric rise of Asia's answer to Gatorade," 1 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prefecture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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