- a person appointed to superintend or preside.
- an administrative officer in any of various colleges and universities who holds high rank and is concerned with the curriculum, faculty appointments, etc.
- Ecclesiastical. the chief dignitary of a cathedral or collegiate church.
- the steward or bailiff of a medieval manor or an officer of a medieval administrative district.
- the mayor of a municipality in Scotland.
- Obsolete. a prison warden.
Origin of provost
Related Words for provosthead, official, supervisor, executive, director, jailer, chief, officer, magistrate, keeper
Examples from the Web for provost
Contemporary Examples of provost
Previously, she was the president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University.2012 Summit: Who's On Stage
March 6, 2012
As Stanford provost, Rice dismissed, on budgetary grounds, a popular Latina administrator.Growing Up Condi
Stephen L. Carter
October 11, 2010
The UCL president and provost, Professor Malcolm Grant is “deeply saddened by these events.”My Classmate, the Plane Bomber
December 30, 2009
And then another woman insisted I was the provost of a small university in Southern Florida.Jane Lynch on Playing Meryl Streep's Sister
August 6, 2009
Historical Examples of provost
It was Provost, my first professor, who had come to encourage me.
Provost was tall, his silvery hair was blown about, and he had a droll face.
Provost heard my "cue" on the stage, and pushed me gently forward.
"Well, you needn't pay any heed to the Provost, need you," Mr. Quinn retorted.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The provost's men are beating the country for the blackguard.The Snare
- an appointed person who superintends or presides
- the head of certain university colleges or schools
- (in Scotland) the chairman and civic head of certain district councils or (formerly) of a burgh councilCompare convener (def. 2)
- Church of England the senior dignitary of one of the more recent cathedral foundations
- RC Church
- 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
- (in medieval times) an overseer, steward, or bailiff in a manor
- obsolete a prison warder
- (prəˈvəʊ) British and Canadian military a military policeman
Word Origin 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.