Definition for praefect (2 of 2)
- the dean of a Jesuit school or college.
- a cardinal in charge of a congregation in the Curia Romana.
Origin of prefect
Examples from the Web for praefect
And then did a cry of horror escape my lips, and the praefect looked down into my face.
Thessalonica, Praefect of, entreated by Witigis to speed his ambassadors on their way to Justinian, x. 35.
The gorgeous palace of Augustus appeared quite deserted when the praefect of Rome finally made his way to the vestibule.
But the Praefect and the Vicar controlled only the civil government of the territories over which they respectively bore sway.
We have ordered that this decree be made known to the Senate and people by the Praefect of the City.'
British Dictionary definitions for praefect (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for praefect (2 of 2)
Word Origin for prefect
Word Origin and History for praefect
mid-14c., "civil or military official," from Old French prefect (12c., Modern French préfet) and directly from Latin praefectus "public overseer, superintendent, director," noun use of past participle of praeficere "to put in front, to set over, put in authority," from prae "in front, before" (see pre-) + root of facere (past participle factus) "to perform" (see factitious). Spelling restored from Middle English prefet. Meaning "administrative head of the Paris police" is from 1800; meaning "senior pupil designated to keep order in an English school" is from 1864. Related: Prefectorial.