- provost [prō′vōst΄, präv′əst; ] esp. in military use [ prō′vō΄]n.[ME < OE profost & OFr provost, both < ML propositus, for L praepositus, chief, prefect, orig. pp. of praeponere, to set before, place first < prae-, before + ponere, to place: see PRE- & POSITION]1. a superintendent; official in charge2. the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh3. Obs. a jailer4. Eccles. the head of a cathedral chapter or principal church5. Educ.a) the head of any of certain colleges in the British Isles☆ b) in certain American universities, an administrative official dealing chiefly with faculty, curriculum, etc.provostshipn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.