- the dean of a Jesuit school or college.
- a cardinal in charge of a congregation in the Curia Romana.
- prefect apostolic,
- prefecture apostolic
Origin of prefect
Examples from the Web for prefect
Rich and smooth with a subtly bitter flavor, Guinness is a prefect drinking beer—and baking beer.
The suffering and riotous citizens made Alexandria a very unpleasant place of abode for the prefect and magistrates.
When the prefect reached the appointed spot, no vessel with a silver star was to be seen.The Emperor, Complete|Georg Ebers
The whole business was confirmed by Tobasco, the police spy, who secured the letter and gave it to the prefect of police.The Boy Nihilist|Allan Arnold
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.