prelate

noun prel·ate \ ˈpre-lət also ˈprē-ˌlāt \

Definition of prelate

: an ecclesiastic (such as a bishop or abbot) of superior rank

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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

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PRELATE Defined for English Language Learners

prelate

noun

Definition of prelate for English Language Learners

  • : a high-ranking Christian priest : a bishop, cardinal, etc.



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