provost

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noun pro·vost \ˈprō-ˌvōst, ˈprä-vəst, ˈprō-vəst, especially before another noun ˌprō-(ˌ)vō\

Definition of provost

  1. 1 :  the chief dignitary of a collegiate or cathedral chapter

  2. 2 :  the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh

  3. 3 :  the keeper of a prison

  4. 4 :  a high-ranking university administrative officer

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Origin and Etymology of provost

Middle English, from Old English profost & Anglo-French provost, from Medieval Latin propositus, alteration of praepositus, from Latin, one in charge, director, from past participle of praeponere to place at the head — more at preposition


First Known Use: before 12th century


PROVOST Defined for English Language Learners

provost

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noun pro·vost \ˈprō-ˌvōst, ˈprä-vəst, ˈprō-vəst, especially before another noun ˌprō-(ˌ)vō\

Definition of provost for English Language Learners

  • : an official of high rank at a university

  • : the head of a college at a university

  • : the head of a Scottish town


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