- 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
Historical Examples of praefect
"There is no cook from Gaul on the list," interposed the praefect curtly.
They had exchanged greetings with the praefect and with Hortensius Martius.
The praefect himself, mayhap, would bid for her, or the imperator's agents!
Did Nolus and Dion find it difficult to approach the praefect's body?
At an order from the praefect the auction sale was abruptly suspended.
Word Origin for prefect
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.