- an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop, bishop, etc.; a church dignitary.
Origin of prelate
Examples from the Web for prelate
It is the first time a prelate has ever been known to be arrested inside Vatican City.Did the Vatican Arrest an Abuser to Protect Him?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 24, 2014
It needed but that to add fresh fuel to the fiery mood of the prelate.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But the prelate had kept counsel, and meant to keep it; and he looked away again.
It certainly was a pretty situation, as the prelate remarked.
"A more sensible thought than the other," observed the prelate.
Narcisse must have felt the sting of the prelate's delicate sarcasm.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
Word Origin and History for prelate
c.1200, from Old French prelat (Modern French prélate) and directly from Medieval Latin prelatus "clergyman of high rank," from Latin praelatus "one preferred," noun use of past participle of praeferre (see prefer), from prae "before" (see pre-) + latus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).