a high-ranking ecclesiastic, as a bishop
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
A high-ranking member of the clergy, especially a bishop.
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.