- 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 lēgātus from Latin past participle of lēgāre to depute ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.