Prelate
Prelate Prel"ate (?; 48), n. [F. pr['e]lat, LL. praelatus, fr. L. praelatus, used as p. p. of praeferre to prefer, but from a different root. See {Elate}.] A clergyman of a superior order, as an archbishop or a bishop, having authority over the lower clergy; a dignitary of the church. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word and the words derived from it are often used invidiously, in English ecclesiastical history, by dissenters, respecting the Established Church system. [1913 Webster]

Hear him but reason in divinity, . . . You would desire the king were made a prelate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • prelate — [prel′it] n. [ME prelat < OFr < LL(Ec) praelatus, prelate, orig., ruler < pp. of L praeferre, to place before, PREFER] a high ranking ecclesiastic, as a bishop prelateship n. prelatic [prē lat′ik, prilat′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • prelate — c.1200, from M.L. prelatus clergyman of high rank, from L. prelatus one preferred, from praelatus, serving as pp. of praeferre (see PREFER (Cf. prefer)), from prae before + latus borne, carried (see OBLATE (Cf. oblate …   Etymology dictionary

  • prelate — ► NOUN formal or historical ▪ a bishop or other high ecclesiastical dignitary. ORIGIN Latin praelatus civil dignitary …   English terms dictionary

  • Prelate — A prelate is a high ranking member of the clergy who either is an ordinary or ranks in precedence with ordinaries. The word derives from Latin prælatus , the past participle of præferre , literally, carry before, or to be set above, or over, or… …   Wikipedia

  • prelate — UK [ˈprelət] / US noun [countable] Word forms prelate : singular prelate plural prelates an official of high rank in the Christian Church such as a bishop or a cardinal …   English dictionary

  • prelate — prelateship, n. prelatic /pri lat ik/, adj. /prel it/, n. an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop, bishop, etc.; a church dignitary. [1175 1225; ME prelat < ML praelatus a civil or ecclesiastical dignitary, n. use of L praelatus (ptp.… …   Universalium

  • prelate — noun /ˈprɛlət/ A clergyman of high rank and authority, having jurisdiction over an area or a group of people; normally a bishop. See Also: prelacy, prelatial, prelation, prelature, Personal Prelate, Opus Dei …   Wiktionary

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