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



BrE BrE//ˈpriːfektʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːfektʃər//
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an area of local government in some countries, for example France, Italy and Japan Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin praefectura, from praefectus ‘(person) set in authority over’, past participle of praeficere ‘set in authority over’, from prae ‘before’ + facere ‘make’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prefecture