- an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative.
- Roman History.
- 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.
- a provincial governor of senatorial rank appointed by the emperor.
- an envoy or emissary.
Origin of legate
Related Words for legateambassador, emissary, deputy, envoy, agent, delegate, representative, nuncio
Examples from the Web for legate
Historical Examples of legate
"You are insubordinate," said the Legate, of a sudden very cold.
Yet she could sit there, laughing and feasting and trulling it lightly with the Legate!
This evidence they accounted well-confirmed by the Legate's flight.
Fearless in his sense of right, the legate towered before him.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
To this proposal the legate added that Christiern had given his consent.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
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- a messenger, envoy, or delegate
- RC Church an emissary to a foreign state representing the Pope
Word Origin for legate
Word Origin and History for legate
mid-12c., "authorized representative of the Pope," from Old French legat and directly from Latin legatus "ambassador, envoy," originally "provided with a commission," past participle of legare "send as a deputy, send with a commission, bequeath," from lex (genitive legis) "contract, law" (see legal). General sense of "ambassador, delegate, messenger" is from late 14c.