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From Middle English prefect and prefecte, from Old French prefect (Mod. French préfet), from Latin praefectus (one placed in charge, overseer, director, prefect), from praeficere (to place in charge).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːfɛkt/
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prefect (plural prefects)

  1. (historical) An official of Ancient Rome who controlled or superintended a particular command, charge, department, etc.
    the prefect of the aqueducts; the prefect of a camp, of a fleet, of the city guard, or of provisions; the pretorian prefect, who was commander of the troops guarding the emperor's person
  2. The head of a department in France.
  3. The head of a county in Albania or Romania.
  4. The head of a prefecture in Japan.
  5. (British) A school pupil in a position of power over other pupils.
  6. A commander.

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Borrowed from Latin praefectus.

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prefect m (plural prefecți)

  1. prefect (head of county in Romania)

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