Definitions for prefectˈpri fɛkt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prefect(noun)

    a chief officer or chief magistrate

    "the prefect of Paris police"


  1. prefect(Noun)

    An official of ancient Rome.

  2. prefect(Noun)

    The head of a department in France.

  3. prefect(Noun)

    A school pupil in a position of power over other pupils.

  4. prefect(Noun)

    A commander.

  5. Origin: From praefectus. Literally 'one having been put in charge'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prefect(noun)

    a Roman officer who controlled or superintended a particular command, charge, department, etc.; as, the prefect of the aqueducts; the prefect of a camp, of a fleet, of the city guard, of provisions; the pretorian prefect, who was commander of the troops guarding the emperor's person

  2. Prefect(noun)

    a superintendent of a department who has control of its police establishment, together with extensive powers of municipal regulation

  3. Prefect(noun)

    in the Greek and Roman Catholic churches, a title of certain dignitaries below the rank of bishop

  4. Origin: [L. praefectus, fr. praefectus, p. p. of praeficere to set over; prae before + facere to make: cf. F. prfet.]


  1. Prefect

    Prefect is a magisterial title of varying definition. A prefect's office, department, or area of control is called a prefecture, but in various post-Roman empire cases there is a prefect without a prefecture or vice versa. The words "prefect" and "prefecture" are also used, more or less conventionally, to render analogous words in other languages, especially Romance languages.

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