a person appointed to any of various positions of command, authority, or superintendence, as a chief magistrate in ancient Rome or the chief administrative official of a department of France or Italy.
Roman Catholic Church.
the dean of a Jesuit school or college.
a cardinal in charge of a congregation in the Curia Romana.
- sub·pre·fect, noun
- un·der·pre·fect, noun
- perfect, prefect
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How to use prefect in a sentence
Rich and smooth with a subtly bitter flavor, Guinness is a prefect drinking beer—and baking beer.
She was intimate with a prefect of Orne, who was the natural father of Emile Blondet.
He was chosen a prefect, and he married the wealthy widow of Comte de Montcornet, who offered him her hand when she became free.
With six of his companions he was brought before the prefect for refusing obedience to the imperial decree.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
She would probably have favored him, had he not been made prefect and left the city.
But one day the prefect Agricola instituted a chase, and his party discovered the holy bishop and brought him before their master.Mary, Help of Christians | Various
British Dictionary definitions for prefect
(in France, Italy, etc) the chief administrative officer in a department
(in France, etc) the head of a police force
British a schoolchild appointed to a position of limited power over his fellows
(in ancient Rome) any of several magistrates or military commanders
Also called: prefect apostolic RC Church an official having jurisdiction over a missionary district that has no ordinary
RC Church one of two senior masters in a Jesuit school or college (the prefect of studies and the prefect of discipline or first prefect)
RC Church a cardinal in charge of a congregation of the Curia
- Also (for senses 4–7): praefect
- prefectorial (ˌpriːfɛkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective
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