prefecture

noun
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

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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, The Seattle Times, "Deadly month: Japan’s weather-related deaths top 300 in July," 30 July 2018 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, The Seattle Times, "Deadly month: Japan’s weather-related deaths top 300 in July," 30 July 2018 Among the missing were five people who got buried when housing collapsed, also in Hiroshima prefecture. Makiko Inoue, BostonGlobe.com, "More than 50 killed, millions flee from heavy rains in Japan," 7 July 2018 Minoru Katayama, 86, rushed back to his home in Mabi city, in Okayama prefecture, on Monday and found his 88-year-old wife, Chiyoko, collapsed on the first floor. Haruka Nuga, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers search for 80 still missing after Japan floods," 9 July 2018 In Kurashiki City in Okayama prefecture, an area hit especially hard by flooding, a nursing home was inundated, leaving some of the residents stranded, the public broadcaster reported. Makiko Inoue, New York Times, "Japan Reels From Heavy Rains; Dozens Killed and Millions Urged to Evacuate," 7 July 2018 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

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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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