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 Some 27,000 rescue workers evacuated people from flood zones in multiple prefectures Sunday, including Fukushima, Kanagawa, Nagano, Saitama, and Tokyo., "Dramatic rescues played out across several trouble spots Sunday as Japan confronted the destruction wrought by the storm, with residents pulled off roofs by helicopters or rowed out of the floodwaters in boats.," 14 Oct. 2019 Fukushima prefecture disaster management spokesperson Shunji Miura said the typhoon had no significant impact on the nuclear plant. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Japan launches major search operation after deadly typhoon kills dozens," 14 Oct. 2019 Hundreds of supermarkets and department stores across Tokyo and surrounding prefectures also closed. New York Times, "Typhoon Hagibis Could Match Fury of 1958 Storm That Killed 1,200 in Japan," 11 Oct. 2019 About 20,000 people in Japan’s northern coastal prefectures died in the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami. Washington Post, "Tokyo being billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’ -- but not for all," 13 Dec. 2019 Mount Fuji rises 12,388 feet, sitting between Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. Fox News, "Rescuers find body on Japan’s Mount Fuji after searching for mountaineer who fell during livestream," 30 Oct. 2019 The course for next year’s Tokyo Olympics will be at Kasumigaseki Country Club in neighboring Saitama prefecture. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jason Day beats Tiger in Japan Skins _ and also with quips," 21 Oct. 2019 Some 27,000 rescue workers evacuated people from flood zones in multiple prefectures on Sunday, including Fukushima, Kanagawa, Nagano, Saitama and Tokyo. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "After Typhoon Hagibis, Dramatic Rescues of Residents Trapped by Floods," 13 Oct. 2019 Ten people were killed in areas including the Chiba, Gunma, Kanagawa and Fukushima prefectures surrounding Tokyo, NHK said. NBC News, "10 killed, 16 missing as fierce typhoon pounds Tokyo," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

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“Prefecture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 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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