One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Guernsey and Sark: an officer of justice equivalent to the High Sheriff of an English county. In Jersey and Guernsey: a bailiff of an estate or fief.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman and Middle French prevost, French prévôt denoting various kinds of magistrate, civil officer, or judge, head of a cathedral or collegiate church, judge of a court dealing with legal cases which concern non-privileged inhabitants from classical Latin praepositus person placed in charge.
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