prelate nullius


prelate nul·​li·​us
plural prelates nullius
: a Roman Catholic prelate having ordinary jurisdiction over a district independent of any diocese

Word History


partial translation of New Latin praelatus nullius dioecesis prelate of no diocese

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prelate nullius was in 1882

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“Prelate nullius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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