[ pree-fek-cher ]
/ ˈpri fɛk tʃər /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prefecture


/ (ˈpriːfɛkˌtjʊə) /


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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Word Origin and History for prefecture



"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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