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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin praefectus, from praeficere 'to put in front'

prefect

noun
     
Related topics: Officials, School
pre‧fect [countable]
1SES an older student in some British schools, who has special duties and helps to control younger students
2PGO a public official in some countries etc who is responsible for a particular area

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