noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English profost & Anglo-French provost, from Medieval Latin propositus, alteration of praepositus, from Latin, one in charge, director, from past participle of praeponere to place at the head — more at preposition Date: before 12th century 1. the chief dignitary of a collegiate or cathedral chapter 2. the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh 3. the keeper of a prison 4. a high-ranking university administrative officer

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  • Provost — Prov ost, n. [OF. provost (L. prae and pro being confused), F. prev[^o]t, fr. L. praepositus placed before, a chief, fr. praeponere to place before: cf. AS. pr[=a]fost, pr[=o]fast. See {Preposition}, and cf. {Propound}.] 1. A person who is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Provost — steht für: einen Hochschulbeamten, siehe Provost (Universität) einen mittelalterlichen Verwaltungstitel, siehe Profos Provost (Alberta), eine Gemeinde in Kanada Provost ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Claude Provost (1933–1984),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • provost — O.E. profost, from M.L. propositus (reinforced by O.Fr. cognate provost), from L. propositus/praepositus a chief, prefect (Cf. O.Prov. probost, O.H.G. probost, Ger. Propst), lit. placed before, in charge of, from pp. of præponere put before (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • provost — [prō′vōst΄, präv′əst; ] esp. in military use [ prō′vō΄] n. [ME < OE profost & OFr provost, both < ML propositus, for L praepositus, chief, prefect, orig. pp. of praeponere, to set before, place first < prae , before + ponere, to place:… …   English World dictionary

  • Provost — (engl., spr. prówwöst), in England Titel von höhern Geistlichen, auch von Vorstehern der Stadtverwaltungen gewisser Kollegien etc.; Lord P. heißen die Bürgermeister von Edinburg, Glasgow, Aberdeen und Dundee …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Provost — Provŏst (engl., »Vorgesetzter«), Titel höherer kirchlicher Würdenträger, Vorsteher von Colleges; in Schottland Magistratsvorsteher …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • provost — index plenipotentiary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Provost — Variante de Prévost (voir ce nom), le nom est fréquent dans l Ouest, notamment dans la Sarthe, le Finistère et la Loire Atlantique. Variantes ou formes voisines : Provo (59), Provoost (59), Provos (76), Provoste (59), Provot, Provôt (57, 58),… …   Noms de famille

  • provost — ► NOUN 1) Brit. the position of head in certain university colleges and public schools. 2) N. Amer. a senior administrative officer in certain universities. 3) Scottish a mayor. 4) the head of a chapter in a cathedral. 5) historical the chief… …   English terms dictionary

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