ab·​le·​gate | \ ˈablə̇gə̇t, -lē-, -ˌgāt \
plural -s

Definition of ablegate

: a papal envoy on a special mission (as the conveying of the insignia of office to a newly named cardinal)

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First Known Use of ablegate

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ablegate

French ablégat, from Latin ablegatus, past participle of ablegare “to send away,” from ab- ab entry 1 + legare “to send on a commission, dispatch”

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“Ablegate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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