prefecture

[ pree-fek-cher ]
/ ˈpri fɛk tʃər /
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noun

the office, jurisdiction, territory, or official residence of a prefect.

Nearby words

  1. prefatory,
  2. prefect,
  3. prefect apostolic,
  4. prefectorial,
  5. prefectural,
  6. prefecture apostolic,
  7. prefer,
  8. preferable,
  9. preferably,
  10. preference

Origin of prefecture

From the Latin word praefectūra, dating back to 1570–80. See prefect, -ure

Related formspre·fec·tur·al [pri-fek-cher-uh l] /prɪˈfɛk tʃər əl/, adjectivesub·pre·fec·ture, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for prefectural

prefecture

/ (ˈpriːfɛkˌtjʊə) /

noun

the office, position, or area of authority of a prefect
the official residence of a prefect in France, Italy, etc
Derived Formsprefectural, adjective

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