prefecture

noun

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

Examples of prefecture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Japan issued heatstroke alerts in Tokyo and more than half of its prefectures as temperatures rose to record highs in early July. Jeffrey Basara, The Conversation, 9 July 2024 Aftershocks continued to shake Ishikawa prefecture and nearby areas a day after a magnitude 7.6 temblor slammed the area. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2024 In a neighboring prefecture, Yamanashi, officials in the town of Fujikawaguchiko put up a billboard-size screen last month to deter tourists from photographing a Lawson convenience store whose blue awning sits beneath the mountain and became a staple of social media posts. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, 7 June 2024 The initial quake, a devastating 7.5 magnitude trembler followed by multiple aftershocks, downed buildings and sparked fires across the Noto Peninsula in the central prefecture of Ishikawa. Jessica Schladebeck, New York Daily News, 2 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for prefecture 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Prefecture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prefecture. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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prefecture

noun
pre·​fec·​ture ˈprē-ˌfek-chər How to pronounce prefecture (audio)
1
: the office or term of office of a prefect
2
: the district governed by a prefect
prefectural adjective

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