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prefecture

[pree-fek-cher] /ˈpri fɛk tʃər/
noun
1.
the office, jurisdiction, territory, or official residence of a prefect.
Origin of prefecture
1570-1580
From the Latin word praefectūra, dating back to 1570-80. See prefect, -ure
Related forms
prefectural
[pri-fek-cher-uh l] /prɪˈfɛk tʃər əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
subprefecture, noun
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  • On the whole, it was much better, she felt, that others should have anticipated her at the prefecture.

  • "Let me see the registration slip from the prefecture," he said, at last.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Both at the prefecture and the Maine there were streams of callers, all day.

  • He was immediately marched off in the direction of the prefecture of Police.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • I shall first visit the prefecture at Rennes, to see if she obtained a passport.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for prefecture

prefecture

/ˈpriːfɛkˌtjʊə/
noun
1.
the office, position, or area of authority of a prefect
2.
the official residence of a prefect in France, Italy, etc
Derived Forms
prefectural, adjective
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Word Origin and History for prefecture
n.

"administrative district of a prefect," mid-15c., from Middle French préfecture and directly from Latin praefectura, or assembled locally from prefect + -ure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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