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



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒvəst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊvoʊst//
    (also Provost) University people
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  1. 1(in Britain) the person in charge of a college at some universities See related entries: University people
  2. 2(in the US) a senior member of the staff who organize the affairs of some universities
  3. 3(in Scotland) the head of a council in some towns, cities and districts compare mayor
  4. 4the head of a group of priests belonging to a particular cathedral
  5. Word Originlate Old English profost ‘head of a chapter, prior’, reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman French provost, from medieval Latin propositus, synonym of Latin praepositus ‘head, chief’, past participle of praeponere ‘set over’, from prae ‘ahead’ + ponere ‘to place’.
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