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The term provost comes from Latin praepositus, “principal, head.” The original monastic use, according to which the praepositus was the superior of a monastery immediately after the abbot, found its way into canon law, where it stands for the chief dignitary of a cathedral or collegiate foundation. He presides over the chapter and administers its finances.

In the Evangelical Church in Germany, the equivalent title Probst (fem. Pröbstin) is used for the holder of a mid-level church office; other similar terms include Superintendent and Dekan (Dean). This person is past…

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Thiele, Christoph, “Provost”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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