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pre·fec·ture

 (prē′fĕk′chər)
n.
1.
a. The district administered or governed by a prefect.
b. An administrative district of some countries, especially China or Japan.
2. The office or authority of a prefect.
3. The residence or housing of a prefect.

pre·fec′tur·al (prĭ-fĕk′chər-əl) adj.
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prefecture

(ˈpriːfɛkˌtjʊə)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the office, position, or area of authority of a prefect
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the official residence of a prefect in France, Italy, etc
preˈfectural adj
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pre•fec•ture

(ˈpri fɛk tʃər)

n.
the office, jurisdiction, territory, or official residence of a prefect.
[1570–80; < Latin praefectūra. See prefect, -ure]
pre•fec′tur•al (prɪ-) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prefecture - the district administered by a prefect (as in France or Japan or the Roman Empire)prefecture - the district administered by a prefect (as in France or Japan or the Roman Empire)
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
Roman Empire - an empire established by Augustus in 27 BC and divided in AD 395 into the Western Roman Empire and the eastern or Byzantine Empire; at its peak lands in Europe and Africa and Asia were ruled by ancient Rome
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
2.prefecture - the office of prefect
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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Translations
perfektuuri
都道府県

prefecture

[ˈpriːfektjʊəʳ] Nprefectura f
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prefecture

[ˈpriːfɛktʃər] npréfecture f
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prefecture

nPräfektur f
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prefecture

[ˈpriːfɛktjʊəʳ] nprefettura
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References in classic literature ?
All these masons claim to be architects, are paid by the prefecture or from the petty budget, and wear green coats.
"No one knows, as I do, the distance between the town and the Prefecture--whence nothing comes out--and from the Prefecture to the Council of State--where nothing can be got in.
At the Bar cafe, where the reporters assembled before going to any of the courts, or to the Prefecture, in search of their news of crime, he began to win a reputation as an unraveller of intricate and obscure affairs which found its way to the office of the Chief of the Surete.
He was thought a good administrator, and it was often a question of making him mayor of Alencon; but the memory of his underhand jobbery still clung to him, and he was never received at the prefecture. All the succeeding governments, even that of the Hundred Days, refused to appoint him mayor of Alencon,--a place he coveted, which, could he have had it, would, he thought, have won him the hand of a certain old maid on whom his matrimonial views now turned.
Du Bousquier's aversion to the Imperial government had thrown him at first into the royalist circles of Alencon, where he remained in spite of the rebuffs he received there; but when, after the first return of the Bourbons, he was still excluded from the prefecture, that mortification inspired him with a hatred as deep as it was secret against the royalists.
Now, in this history of his, Procopius mentions that, during the term of his prefecture at Constantinople, a great sea-monster was captured in the neighboring Propontis, or Sea of Marmora, after having destroyed vessels at intervals in those waters for a period of more than fifty years.
There was a touch of the magistrate in the man, a good deal more of the Councillor of the Prefecture, all the self-importance of the mayor of the arrondissement, the local autocrat, and the soured temper of the unsuccessful candidate who has never been returned since the year 1816.
When, after ten years of regular service, I was wrongfully dismissed from the Prefecture of the Nine Rivers and the Mastership of the Horse, in the bright autumn of the year I was sent away to Ko-pen Creek's mouth.
A note from the baroness told Madame Aubain that as her husband had been promoted to a prefecture, they were leaving that night, and she begged her to accept the bird as a remembrance and a token of her esteem.
He proved that an arrondissement could be managed by ten men; a prefecture by a dozen at the most; which reduced the entire civil service force throughout France to five thousand men, exclusive of the departments of war and justice.
Taiwanese travelers rank first in number in 20 rural prefectures of Japan and second in the whole country, according to the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).