prelate

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

Definition of prelate

  1. :  an ecclesiastic (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 century

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PRELATE Defined for English Language Learners

prelate

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

Definition of prelate for English Language Learners

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



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