Prelate definition

prĕlĭt
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A high-ranking member of the clergy, especially a bishop.
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A high-ranking ecclesiastic, as a bishop.
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A clergyman of high rank and authority, having jurisdiction over an area or a group of people; normally a bishop.
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(obsolete) To act as a prelate.
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Noun

Singular:
prelate
Plural:
prelates

Origin of prelate

  • 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 telə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French prelat, from Medieval Latin praelatus, from past participle of praeferre (“to prefer").

    From Wiktionary