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delegacy

[del-i-guh-see]
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noun, plural del·e·ga·cies.
  1. the position or commission of a delegate.
  2. the appointing or sending of a delegate.
  3. a body of delegates; delegation.
  4. (at Oxford University) a permanent committee charged with certain duties.
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Origin of delegacy

First recorded in 1525–35; deleg(ate) + -acy
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British Dictionary definitions for delegacy

delegacy

noun plural -cies
  1. a less common word for delegation (def. 1), delegation (def. 2)
    1. an elected standing committee at some British universities
    2. a department or institute of a universitya delegacy of Education
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