prelate nullius

[ noo-lee-uh s ]
/ nʊˈli əs /

noun, plural prelates nullius. Roman Catholic Church.

a prelate having independent jurisdiction over a district not under a diocesan bishop.

Origin of prelate nullius

< New Latin or Medieval Latin nullīus dioecēsis of no diocese
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