- an envoy or ambassador
- Rom. History the governor of a province, or his deputy
Origin of legateMiddle English ; from Old French legat ; from Classical Latin legatus, past participle of legare, to send as ambassador ; from lex, law: see legal
An official emissary, especially an official representative of the pope.
Origin of legateMiddle English, from Old French legat, from Medieval Latin l&emacron;gatus, from Latin, past participle of l&emacron;gare, to depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.