A person who is appointed to superintend, or preside over, something; the chief magistrate in some cities and towns; as, the provost of Edinburgh or of Glasgow, answering to the mayor of other cities; the provost of a college, answering to president; the provost or head of certain collegiate churches.
- A university administrator of high rank.
- The highest official in certain cathedrals or collegiate churches.
- The keeper of a prison.
- The chief magistrate of certain Scottish cities.