Definition of prefecture in English:

prefecture

Syllabification: pre·fec·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈprēˌfek(t)SHər
 
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noun

1A district under the government of a prefect.
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  • These might look ordinary trees, but they are in fact a very special present from the governor of the Nara prefecture in Japan.
  • In 1905 the islands were ‘incorporated’ into the Japanese Empire, when the Governor of Shimane prefecture stated that the islands were under the juristiction of the Shimane prefectural government.
  • There are forty-three ordinary prefectures, three metropolitan prefectures with special administrative powers, and one administrative region for the northernmost island.
1.1A prefect’s office or tenure.
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  • To avoid the name calling that a woman would probably receive at a horse fair, he got permission from the prefecture of police to dress in men's clothing.
  • The prefecture will stop using workshops for industrial production, and settlers in the General Building of the General Zhang Aiping will be relocated.
1.2The official residence or headquarters of a prefect.
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  • But even so France was left with a vast surplus of grand edifices, mainly ecclesiastical, that were empty and could be converted into the prefectures, town halls, museums, and barracks required by the new regime.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin praefectura, from praefectus '(person) set in authority over' (see prefect).

Derivatives

prefectural

Pronunciation: /prēˈfekCHərəl/
adjective
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  • I can negotiate at provincial and prefectural level, and bring these levels into dialogue with one another.
  • The idea seems to be catching on: the new prefectural subway system, Oedo-sen, began wrapping their cars with ads last September.
  • In 1995, the State Council offered two pension scheme designs for the municipal and prefectural governments to choose from.

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