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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a chief officer or chief magistrate;
- Example: "the prefect of Paris police"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prefect \Pre"fect\, n. [L. praefectus, fr. praefectus, p. p. of praeficere to set over; prae before + facere to make: cf. F. pr['e]fet.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A superintendent of a department who has control of its police establishment, together with extensive powers of municipal regulation. [France] --Brande & C. [1913 Webster] 3. In the Greek and Roman Catholic churches, a title of certain dignitaries below the rank of bishop. [1913 Webster] Apostolic prefect (R. C. Ch.), the head of a mission, not of episcopal rank. --Shipley. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

prefect n 1: a chief officer or chief magistrate; "the prefect of Paris police"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

47 Moby Thesaurus words for "prefect": apprentice teacher, archon, auditor, autodidact, chancellor, chief executive, chief executive officer, dean, educatee, executive, executive director, executive officer, executive secretary, graduate assistant, inquirer, intern, learner, magistrate, management, managing director, monitor, officer, official, paraprofessional, practice teacher, praepostor, president, prexy, proctor, provost, pupil, pupil teacher, scholar, secretary, self-taught person, student, student assistant, studier, teaching assistant, teaching fellow, teaching intern, the administration, trainee, treasurer, vice-chancellor, vice-president, warden
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PREFECT, French law. A chief officer invested with the superintendence of the administration of the laws in each department. Merl. Repert. h.t.