Definition of prepositus in US English:

prepositus

(also praepositus)

noun

historical
  • (A title of) the head of any of various clerical or civil institutions; a presiding official, a provost.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Matthew Wren (1585–1667), bishop of Ely. From classical Latin praepositus person placed in charge, prefect, president, head, chief, overseer, in post-classical Latin also head of a religious community, provost, reeve, use as noun of past participle of praepōnere. Compare earlier prepost.

Pronunciation

prepositus

/priːˈpɒzɪtəs/