prel·​a·​cy ˈpre-lə-sē How to pronounce prelacy (audio)
plural prelacies
: the office or dignity of a prelate
: episcopal church government

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prelacy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Prelacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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