Definition of Prefect

1. Noun. A chief officer or chief magistrate. "The prefect of Paris police"

Generic synonyms: Administrator, Executive



Definition of Prefect

1. n. 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.

Definition of Prefect

1. Noun. An official of ancient Rome. ¹

2. Noun. The head of a department in France. ¹

3. Noun. A school pupil in a position of power over other pupils. ¹

4. Noun. A commander. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prefect

1. an ancient Roman official [n -S]

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Literary usage of Prefect

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Power of prefect to grant ... A prefect of a district, ... was acting as the prefect of the district, embracing the then pueblo, now city, of San Francisco, ..."

2. Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to by Edward Potts Cheyney (1922)
"Under the Count of the Sacred Bounties are the accountant of the general tax of the Britons, the prefect of the storehouses at London, the procurator of the ..."

3. Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to by Edward Potts Cheyney (1908)
"Under the Count of the Sacred Bounties are the accountant of the general tax of the Britons, the prefect of the storehouses at London, the procurator of the ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1854)
"The prefect of the east stretched his ample jurisdiction into the three parts of the ... once acknowledged the authority of the prefect of Constantine were ..."

5. Italy and Her Invaders by Thomas Hodgkin (1899)
"Internal Organisation of the Empire. BOOK 1. time, albeit they seldom maintained themselves in CH. 8. 7 ., power longer than one year. prefect of 2. ..."

6. Roman Law in the Modern World by Charles Phineas Sherman (1922)
"If the case was important enough, an appeal could be taken either to the praetorian prefect or even to the Emperor himself. The provincial governor served ..."

7. History of the Discovery and Settlement of the Valley of the Mississippi, by by John Wesley Monette (1848)
"Proclamation of the French prefect.— Spanish Rule abolished and French ... Remote Posts formally delivered subsequently to Agents of the French prefect. ..."

8. Comparative Administrative Law: An Analysis of the Administrative Systems by Frank Johnson Goodnow (1893)
"The prefect.—In each of these departments is placed an officer called the prefect, who is appointed and removed by the President of the republic on the ..."

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