What does Provost mean?

Definitions for Provost
ˈproʊ voʊst, ˈprɒv əst or, esp. in military usage, ˈproʊ voʊprovost

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. provostnoun

    a high-ranking university administrator


  1. provostnoun

    The equivalent of mayor in some Scottish cities.

  2. provostnoun

    A senior academic administrator; sometimes called the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.

  3. provostnoun

    The highest position in a monastery below an abbot.

  4. provostnoun

    A prison keeper, especially in the military.

  5. Etymology: From propositus, from praepositus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROVOSTnoun

    Etymology: prafast , Sax. provost, Fr. provosto, Ital. præpositus, Lat.

    Kingston, provost marshal of the king’s army, was deemed not only cruel but inhuman in his executions. John Hayward.


  1. provost

    A provost is a senior administrative officer in educational institutions such as universities or colleges. They are typically responsible for overseeing academic affairs, curriculum and programs, faculty appointments, and sometimes student disciplinary actions. The provost role is often considered the second in command to the president or chancellor of the institution. The term may also refer to the chief magistrate or prison official in certain contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provostnoun

    a person who is appointed to superintend, or preside over, something; the chief magistrate in some cities and towns; as, the provost of Edinburgh or of Glasgow, answering to the mayor of other cities; the provost of a college, answering to president; the provost or head of certain collegiate churches

  2. Provostnoun

    the keeper of a prison

  3. Etymology: [OF. provost (L. prae and pro being confused), F. prevt, fr. L. praepositus placed before, a chief, fr. praeponere to place before: cf. AS. prfost, prfast. See Preposition, and cf. Propound.]


  1. Provost

    A provost is the senior academic administrator at many institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada and Australia, the equivalent of a pro-vice-chancellor at some institutions in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Additionally, the heads of certain colleges in the UK and Ireland are called provosts. In this sense, a provost is the equivalent of a master at other colleges.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provost

    prov′ost, n. the dignitary set over a cathedral or collegiate church: the head of a college: (Scotland) the chief magistrate of certain classes of burghs, answering to mayor in England: (Shak.) the keeper of a prison.—ns. Prov′ost-mar′shal (army), an officer with special powers for enforcing discipline and securing prisoners till brought to trial: (navy) an officer having charge of prisoners; Prov′ostry, a district under a provost; Prov′ostship, the office of a provost.—Lord Provost, the style of the chief magistrates of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen, and Dundee. [O. Fr. provost (Fr. prévôt), L. præpositus, pa.p. of præponĕrepræ, over, ponĕre, to place.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. provost

    The temporary prison in which the military police confine prisoners till they are disposed of.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Provost is ranked #4062 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Provost surname appeared 8,742 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Provost.

    84.2% or 7,361 total occurrences were White.
    9.5% or 835 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 225 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 162 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.4% or 124 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 35 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Provost in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Provost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Provost in a Sentence

  1. Rick Fitzgerald:

    We believe Rob Sellers' pay is appropriate for the executive-level position he fills at U-M and it is in line with the salary of others with similar responsibilities, he is both a vice provost with duties well beyond diversity and the university's chief diversity officer.

  2. Max Stern:

    Only two persons could have known what happened on that fourth night, the panel chose to believe the woman, by a' preponderance of the evidence.' We believe that it defies logic and common sense that a woman would seek to re-connect and get back into bed with a man who she says forced her to have unwanted sex just hours earlier. And yet the Dean accepted this conclusion and ordered Jack Montague to be expelled. His decision was then upheld by the Provost.

  3. Liviu Matei:

    Chasing CEU out of Hungary marked the start of a new era for Orbán, said Liviu Matei, CEU’s provost. “A line has been crossed. People are being forced out of the country. This is not restriction any more, this is repression. In Hungary, the reign of repression has been started.”

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