Definition of pristav in English:

pristav

(also pristave, pristaf, pristaff)

noun

historical
  • In Imperial Russia: (originally) an official appointed to receive and take care of foreign ambassadors; (later) a commissioner, police commander, or overseer.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From Old Russian pristav′′ (Russian pristav) inspector, commissioner, prefect, lit. ‘person who has been appointed or commissioned’ from pri- before, to + stav-, stem of stavit′ to set up, place, post.

Pronunciation

pristav

/ˈpriːstav//ˈpriːstɑːv/