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Meaning of prefect

pre•fect

Pronunciation: (prē'fekt), [key]
— n.
  1. a person appointed to any of various positions of command, authority, or superintendence, as a chief magistrate in ancient Rome or the chief administrative official of a department of France or Italy.
    1. the dean of a Jesuit school or college.
    2. a cardinal in charge of a congregation in the Curia Romana.
  2. a praeposter.
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