Definition of provost
1 : the chief dignitary of a collegiate or cathedral chapter
2 : the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh
3 : the keeper of a prison
4 : a high-ranking university administrative officer
Recent Examples of provost from the Web
Babington, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fairfield University in Conn., will succeed current president Bro.
Mary Erina Driscoll, City College’s interim provost, was named its administrator in charge until an interim president is appointed at CUNY’s next board of trustees meeting, scheduled for Oct. 26.
A former provost at Temple University with a background in microbiology and immunology, she was chosen to lead an ambitious expansion of the college’s science programs.
How Americans struggle with reconciling these two concepts is a fascination of Katherine Newman, who serves as the provost at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
From a provost, this is a violation of academic freedom.
John Simon, provost of the University of Virginia, on the lawn at UVA on Oct. 22, 2012.
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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
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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