Definitions for prefectˈpri fɛkt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word prefect
a chief officer or chief magistrate
"the prefect of Paris police"
An official of ancient Rome.
The head of a department in France.
A school pupil in a position of power over other pupils.
Origin: From praefectus. Literally 'one having been put in charge'.
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
a superintendent of a department who has control of its police establishment, together with extensive powers of municipal regulation
in the Greek and Roman Catholic churches, a title of certain dignitaries below the rank of bishop
Origin: [L. praefectus, fr. praefectus, p. p. of praeficere to set over; prae before + facere to make: cf. F. prfet.]
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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I have informed the cabinet that I intend to empower the prefect of Rome so that he can oversee projects and planning with the mayor in eight especially delicate areas.
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