Rich and smooth with a subtly bitter flavor, Guinness is a prefect drinking beer—and baking beer.
Toward six o'clock next morning one of the prefect's servants came and knocked at the door of Orso's house.
I stopped a minute before entering the prefect's suite of rooms.
Suddenly the General, who was still going on with his eternal game at ecarte with the prefect, turned round.
"You shall be supplied above and beyond all your wishes," said the prefect.
Now, as a prefect, he was exempt, and he appreciated his exemption.
With these words I rang for my footman to show the prefect of Police to the door.
Theocritus is feeding the flame, for he needs it to destroy the prefect.
The prefect of the Department, the Bishop, the clergy, objected to her story.
Look here, Salome's upstairs, and he's made me a prefect and sent me down to establish order.
mid-14c., "civil or military official," from Old French prefect (12c., Modern French préfet) and directly from Latin praefectus "public overseer, superintendent, director," noun use of past participle of praeficere "to put in front, to set over, put in authority," from prae "in front, before" (see pre-) + root of facere (past participle factus) "to perform" (see factitious). Spelling restored from Middle English prefet. Meaning "administrative head of the Paris police" is from 1800; meaning "senior pupil designated to keep order in an English school" is from 1864. Related: Prefectorial.