Definition of prelate
: an ecclesiastic (such as a bishop or abbot) of superior rank
Origin and Etymology of prelate
PRELATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prelate for English Language Learners
: a high-ranking Christian priest : a bishop, cardinal, etc.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up prelate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).