- præfecture (archaic)
From Middle French préfecture, from Latin praefectūra. As an East Asian administrative division, a calque of Chinese 府 (fǔ) and 郡 (jùn), also used to describe 縣 (xian, “county”) and 州 (zhou, “province”) in some eras.
prefecture (plural prefectures)
- The office or position of a prefect.
- The jurisdiction of a prefect; the region administered by a prefect, especially as a translation of certain French, Chinese, and Japanese administrative divisions.
- prefectural (adjective)