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pro·vost(prō′vōst′, -vəst, prŏv′əst)
1. A university administrator of high rank.
2. The highest official in certain cathedrals or collegiate churches.
3. The keeper of a prison.
4. The chief magistrate of certain Scottish cities.
[Middle English, from Old English profost and Old French provost, both from Medieval Latin prōpositus, alteration of Latin praepositus, person placed over others, superintendent, from past participle of praepōnere, to place over : prae-, pre- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. an appointed person who superintends or presides
2. (Education) the head of certain university colleges or schools
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Scotland) the chairman and civic head of certain district councils or (formerly) of a burgh council. Compare convener2
4. (Anglicanism) Church of England the senior dignitary of one of the more recent cathedral foundations
5. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church
a. the head of a cathedral chapter in England and some other countries
b. (formerly) the member of a monastic community second in authority under the abbot
6. (Historical Terms) (in medieval times) an overseer, steward, or bailiff in a manor
7. (Law) obsolete a prison warder
8. (Military) military Brit and Canadian a military policeman
[Old English profost head of a chapter, reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman French provost, from Medieval Latin prōpositus, synonym of Latin praepositus chief, head]
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pro•vost(ˈproʊ voʊst, ˈprɒv əst or, esp. in military usage, ˈproʊ voʊ)
1. a person appointed to superintend or preside.
2. a high-ranking administrative officer of some colleges and universities, concerned with the curriculum, faculty appointments, etc.
3. the chief dignitary of a cathedral or collegiate church.
4. the mayor of a municipality in Scotland.
5. Obs. a prison warden.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English profost < Medieval Latin prōpositus abbot, prior, provost, literally, (one) placed before, Latin: past participle of prōpōnere. See propound]
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provost- Etymologically, an official "placed before" or "put in charge" of others, from Latin praepositus, "superintendent."
See also related terms for official.
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A. N (Univ) → rector(a) m/f (Scot) → alcalde/esa m/f
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