noun \ˈpre-lət also ˈprē-ˌlāt\

: a high-ranking Christian priest : a bishop, cardinal, etc.

Full Definition of PRELATE

:  an ecclesiastic (as a bishop or abbot) of superior rank

Origin of PRELATE

Middle English prelat, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin praelatus, literally, one receiving preferment, from Latin (past participle of praeferre to prefer), from prae- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with PRELATE


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