AskDefine | Define provost

Dictionary Definition

provost n : a high-ranking university administrator

User Contributed Dictionary

see Provost



  • italbrac RP /ˈprɒvəst/, /"prQv@st/
  • a US /ˈproʊvoʊst / or /ˈprɑːvəst/


  1. In the context of "Scottish local government": The equivalent of mayor in some Scottish cities.
  2. In the context of "higher education": The senior academic administrator; also called the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.
  3. The most powerful position in a monastery below the abbot.


equivalent of mayor in some Scottish cities
  • Japanese: 市長
senior academic administrator in higher education
  • Greek: κοσμήτορας
  • Japanese: qualifier Europe 学長, 学寮長; 教務部長
most powerful position in a monastery below the abbot

Extensive Definition

Provost is from the Latin praepositus ("set over", from praeponere, "to place in front"). It may mean:
provost in French: Provost

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

academic dean, administration, administrator, archon, chancellor, chief executive, chief executive officer, dean, dean of men, dean of women, executive, executive director, executive officer, executive secretary, headmaster, headmistress, magistrate, management, managing director, master, officer, official, prefect, president, prexy, principal, rector, secretary, the administration, treasurer, vice-chancellor, vice-president, warden
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