Definition of prelate
: an ecclesiastic (such as a bishop or abbot) of superior rank
Origin and Etymology of prelate
Middle English prelat, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin praelatus, literally, one receiving preferment, from Latin (past participle of praeferre to prefer), from prae- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of prelate for English Language Learners
: a high-ranking Christian priest : a bishop, cardinal, etc.
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