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The word prefect can refer to any of a number of types of official, including:

  • in Latin, praefectus: a high-ranking military or civil official in the Roman Empire
  • in French, préfet: the head of the executive branch of a French province or département
  • in the context of schools, a prefect is a pupil who has been given authority over other pupils in the school

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