legate

  • 1 Legate — • In its broad signification, means that person who is sent by another for some representative office. In the ecclesiastical sense it means one whom the pope sends to sovereigns or governments or only to the members of the episcopate and faithful …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 Legate — may refer to: *Legatus, a general officer of the ancient Roman army drawn from among the senatorial class *Papal legate, a messenger from the Holy See *Legate, a rank in the Cardassian military in the fictional Star Trek universe *A member of a… …

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  • 3 legate — n *ambassador, nuncio, internuncio, chargé d affaires, minister, envoy legate vb *will, bequeath, devise, leave …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 Legate — Leg ate (l[e^]g [asl]t), n. [OE. legat, L. legatus, fr. legare to send with a commission or charge, to depute, fr. lex, legis, law: cf. F. l[ e]gat, It. legato. See {Legal}.] 1. An ambassador or envoy. [1913 Webster] 2. An ecclesiastic… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 legate — index advocate (counselor), plenipotentiary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 legate — (n.) mid 12c., authorized representative of the Pope, from O.Fr. legat and directly from L. legatus ambassador, envoy, originally provided with a commission, pp. of legare send as a deputy, send with a commission, bequeath, from lex (gen. legis)… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 legate — ► NOUN 1) a member of the clergy who represents the Pope. 2) a general or governor of an ancient Roman province, or their deputy. ORIGIN Latin legatus, from legare depute, delegate, bequeath …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 legate — [leg′it] n. [ME < OFr legat < L legatus, pp. of legare, to send as ambassador < lex, law: see LEGAL] 1. an envoy or ambassador 2. Rom. History the governor of a province, or his deputy legateship n. legatine adj …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Legate — Latin 1) A papal representative. There were two distinct categories: (I) legatus natus (literally born legate ), a status accorded to the archbishops of Canterbury and York ex officio to reinforce their supremacy within their provinces; (II)… …

    Medieval glossary

  • 10 legate — legateship, n. /leg it/, n. 1. an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative. 2. Rom. Hist. a. an assistant to a general or to a consul or magistrate, in the government of any army or a province; a commander of a legion. b. a… …

    Universalium

  • 11 Legate — This unusual and interesting name is of early medieval origin, and is an occupational surname for an ambassador or deputy. The derivation is from the Old French and Middle English word legat , itself derived from the Latin legis , meaning to… …

    Surnames reference

  • 12 legate — [[t]le̱gɪt[/t]] legates N COUNT A legate is a person who is the official representative of another person, especially the Pope s official representative in a particular country. [FORMAL] ...Pope Innocent VI s legate, Cardinal Albornoz. Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 legate — n. 1. Envoy, deputy, delegate. See ambassador. 2. Papal ambassador, pope s legate, cardinal legate …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 legate — UK [ˈleɡət] / US noun [countable] Word forms legate : singular legate plural legates an official representative, especially of a pope (= the leader of the Roman Catholic Church) or a government, who is sent to a foreign country …

    English dictionary

  • 15 legate — n. 1 a member of the clergy representing the Pope. 2 Rom.Hist. a a deputy of a general. b a governor or deputy governor of a province. 3 archaic an ambassador or delegate. Phrases and idioms: legate a latere a papal legate of the highest class,… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 legate — noun /ˈlɛɡət/ a) A deputy representing the Pope, specifically a papal ambassador sent on special ecclesiastical missions. , 1965, The dark figure on the raised white terrace; legate of the sun facing the sun; the most ancient royal power. John… …

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  • 17 legate — Synonyms and related words: ambassador, ambassadress, apostolic delegate, attache, career diplomat, chancellor, charge, commercial attache, commissar, commissary, commissionaire, commissioner, consul, consul general, consular agent, delegate,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 legate — leg•ate [[t]ˈlɛg ɪt[/t]] n. 1) rel an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative 2) anh (in ancient Rome) a) an assistant to a general or to the governor of a province b) a provincial governor appointed by the emperor 3) an envoy or …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 legate —   n. papal envoy; ambassador.    ♦ legation, n. dispatch of legate; embassy …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 20 legate — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French legat, from Latin legatus deputy, emissary, from past participle of legare to depute, send as emissary, bequeath, from leg , lex Date: 12th century a usually official… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary