legate a latere

noun

legate a la·​te·​re
-ˌäˈlätəˌrā
: a confidential papal legate of the highest degree who is appointed especially for a particular mission and not as a permanent representative abroad
distinguished from nuncio

Word History

Etymology

partial translation of Medieval Latin legatus a latere, literally, legate from the side

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“Legate a latere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legate%20a%20latere. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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