Origin of provost
Examples from the Web for provost
Previously, she was the president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University.
As Stanford provost, Rice dismissed, on budgetary grounds, a popular Latina administrator.
The UCL president and provost, Professor Malcolm Grant is “deeply saddened by these events.”
And then another woman insisted I was the provost of a small university in Southern Florida.
Let us to our provost, and demand his countenance and assistance.The Fair Maid of Perth|Sir Walter Scott
What would the Provost have thought and said, had he lived to see an edition of them in ten volumes 4to.
The Provost Marshal and I steer between them as blandly as we can.Army Life in a Black Regiment|Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Some day, perhaps, we shall have a lady presiding as provost over one of our great universities.Lalage's Lovers|George A. Birmingham
These unpleasant reflections were, however, not confined to the officer in command of the provost guard.Under the Stars and Bars|Walter A. Clark
British Dictionary definitions for provost
- the head of a cathedral chapter in England and some other countries
- (formerly) the member of a monastic community second in authority under the abbot
Word Origin for provost
Word Origin and History for provost
Old English profost, reinforced by Old French cognate provost, both from Late Latin propositus (reinforced by Old French cognate provost), from Latin propositus/praepositus "a chief, prefect" (source of Old Provençal probost, Old High German probost, German Propst), literally "placed before, in charge of," from past participle of praeponere "put before" (see preposition). Provost marshal first recorded 1510s.