prefecture

noun pre·fec·ture \ ˈprē-ˌfek-chər \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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

prefectural

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

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First Known Use of prefecture

15th century


PREFECTURE Defined for English Language Learners

prefecture

noun

Definition of prefecture for English Language Learners

  • : 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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