the office, jurisdiction, territory, or official residence of a prefect.
Origin of prefecture
Related formspre·fec·tur·al [pri-fek-cher-uh l] /prɪˈfɛk tʃər əl/, adjectivesub·pre·fec·ture, noun
From the Latin
dating back to 1570–80.
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Examples from the Web for prefectural
Historical Examples of prefectural
With him I visited the prefectural workshops and many well-managed prefecturas.
I had called on him a few days before in his prefectural capital.
I do not reckon the millions of prefectural, county and village debt.
There is no superior limit of number in the case of a prefectural assembly, but the inferior limit is 30.
They plundered a sum of 200,000 yen from the Ono Company, and made a successful raid upon the prefectural offices of Kumamoto.
British Dictionary definitions for prefectural
Derived Formsprefectural, adjective
the office, position, or area of authority of a prefect
the official residence of a prefect in France, Italy, etc
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Word Origin and History for prefectural
"administrative district of a prefect," mid-15c., from Middle French préfecture and directly from Latin praefectura, or assembled locally from prefect + -ure.
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