prelacy

noun
prel·a·cy | \ˈpre-lə-sē \
plural prelacies

Definition of prelacy 

1 : the office or dignity of a prelate

2 : episcopal church government

First Known Use of prelacy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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