- also prel′a·ture·
- the office or rank of a prelate
- prelates collectively
- church government by prelates: often a hostile termalso prel′a·tism·
Origin of prelacyMiddle English prelacie ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin praelatia
- a. The office or station of a prelate.b. Prelates considered as a group. Also called prelature.
- Church government administrated by prelates.