- 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.
Origin of legate
Examples from the Web for legate
Cardinal Cajetan was the legate, and he was but little fitted to deal with Luther.
But prudence was the first and last essential; the legate must be content to wait, and also Philip must wait.The Reign of Mary Tudor|W. Llewelyn Williams.
And when the legate passed, they let fly on the bridge more than two hundred sorts of birds; wasn't it beautiful, Linarde?Notre-Dame de Paris|Victor Hugo
The Cardinal Legate was expecting him at one o'clock, and—would it be best to drive Bianca from his mind till afterwards?A Siren|Thomas Adolphus Trollope
Caesar's whim made the mimic a senator, a legate, and a favorite.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete|Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for legate
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.