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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē′fekt, n. one placed in authority over others: a commander: the administrative head of a modern French department.—ns. Prē′fectship, his office or jurisdiction; Prē′fecture, the office or district of a prefect: the house occupied by a prefect. [Fr. préfet—L. præfectus, pa.p. of præficĕre—præ, over, facĕre, to make.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
(Lat. præfectus). A Roman officer who was over, or who superintended, a particular command, charge, department, and the like. Of this class there were several, as the prefect of a camp, of a fleet, of the city guards, etc.
The numerical value of prefect in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of prefect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of prefect in a Sentence
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.
There was basically silence for about four months. At the end of August I got a call from the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication saying the pope had decided to go ahead with an interview, that we would aim for the end of September 2017 and that I should send over some ideas for topics.
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