Simple Definition of prelate
: a high-ranking Christian priest : a bishop, cardinal, etc.
Full Definition of prelate
: an ecclesiastic (as a bishop or abbot) of superior rank
Origin and Etymology of prelate
Rhymes with prelate
helot, pellet, zealot
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