Definition of prefect noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpriːfekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːfekt//
    People in schools, School life
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  1. 1(in some British schools) an older student with some authority over younger students and some other responsibilities and advantages See related entries: People in schools, School life
  2. 2 (also Prefect) an officer responsible for an area of local government in some countries, for example France, Italy and Japan
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (2)): from Old French, from Latin praefectus, past participle of praeficere ‘set in authority over’, from prae ‘before’ + facere ‘make’. Sense (1) dates from the early 19th cent.
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