Origin of prelateMiddle English prelat ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praelatus, prelate, origin, originally , ruler ; from past participle of Classical Latin praeferre, to place before, prefer
Origin of prelateMiddle English prelat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praelātus, from Latin, past participle of praeferre, to carry before, to prefer : prae-, pre- + lātus, brought; see tel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present prelates, present participle prelating, simple past and past participle prelated)
- (obsolete) To act as a prelate.
Old French prelat, from Medieval Latin praelatus, from past participle of praeferre (“to prefer").