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prelate

[ prel-it ]
/ ˈprɛl ɪt /
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noun
an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop, bishop, etc.; a church dignitary.
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Origin of prelate

1175–1225; Middle English prelat<Medieval Latin praelātus a civil or ecclesiastical dignitary, noun use of Latin praelātus (past participle of praeferre to prefer), equivalent to prae-pre- + lātus, suppletive past participle of ferre to bear1

OTHER WORDS FROM prelate

prel·ate·ship, nounpre·lat·ic [pri-lat-ik], /prɪˈlæt ɪk/, adjectivenon·pre·lat·ic, adjectiveun·pre·lat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prelate

prelate
/ (ˈprɛlɪt) /

noun
a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot

Derived forms of prelate

prelatic (prɪˈlætɪk) or prelatical, adjective

Word Origin for prelate

C13: from Old French prélat, from Church Latin praelātus, from Latin praeferre to hold in special esteem, prefer
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