- provost ► NOUN 1) Brit. the position of head in certain university colleges and public schools. 2) N. Amer. a senior administrative officer in certain universities. 3) Scottish a mayor. 4) the head of a chapter in a cathedral. 5) historical the chief magistrate of a European town.ORIGIN Old English, from Latin propositus, praepositus 'head, chief' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.