[ leg-it ]
/ ˈlɛg ɪt /


an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative.
Roman History.
  1. 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.
  2. a provincial governor of senatorial rank appointed by the emperor.
an envoy or emissary.

Origin of legate

1125–75; Middle English legat < Latin lēgātus deputy (noun use of masculine past participle of lēgāre to depute), equivalent to lēgā(re) + -tus past participle suffix


leg·ate·ship, nounun·der·leg·ate, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for legate

/ (ˈlɛɡɪt) /


a messenger, envoy, or delegate
RC Church an emissary to a foreign state representing the Pope

Derived forms of legate

legateship, nounlegatine (ˈlɛɡəˌtaɪn), adjective

Word Origin for legate

Old English, via Old French from Latin lēgātus deputy, from lēgāre to delegate; related to lēx law
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