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1A prefect or monitor at various English public schools. Compare "praepostor".
2The master, director, or manager (of a house, etc.); the head of a monastic house. Compare prepositusrare.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in William Horman (1457–1535), schoolmaster and grammarian. From classical Latin praepositus prepositus + -or.
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