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Topic: COLLEGE

Date: 900-1000
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin praepositus 'someone in charge, leader', from praeponere 'to put in front'

Provost

noun
     
Prov‧ost, provost [countable]
1SEC the person in charge of a college in some British universities, especially at Oxford or Cambridge
2SEC an important official at a university in the US
3PGO old use the leader of the council in some Scottish towns and cities
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