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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Prefect  \Pre"fect\,  n.  [L.  praefectus  fr  praefectus  p.  p.  of 
  praeficere  to  set  over  prae  before  +  facere  to  make:  cf  F. 
  1.  A  Roman  officer  who  controlled  or  superintended  a 
  particular  command,  charge,  department,  etc.;  as  the 
  prefect  of  the  aqueducts;  the  prefect  of  a  camp,  of  a 
  fleet,  of  the  city  guard,  of  provisions;  the  pretorian 
  prefect,  who  was  commander  of  the  troops  guarding  the 
  emperor's  person. 
  2.  A  superintendent  of  a  department  who  has  control  of  its 
  police  establishment,  together  with  extensive  powers  of 
  municipal  regulation.  [France]  --Brande  &  C. 
  3.  In  the  Greek  and  Roman  Catholic  churches,  a  title  of 
  certain  dignitaries  below  the  rank  of  bishop. 
  {Apostolic  prefect}  (R.  C.  Ch.),  the  head  of  a  mission,  not 
  of  episcopal  rank.  --Shipley. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  chief  officer  or  chief  magistrate;  "the  prefect  of  Paris 

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