prelate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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
prelate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle 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 telə- in Indo-European roots.
- pre·latˈic adjective