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prelature

[prel-uh-cher, -choo r]
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noun
  1. the office of a prelate.
  2. the order of prelates.
  3. prelates collectively.
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Origin of prelature

From the Medieval Latin word praelātūra, dating back to 1600–10. See prelate, -ure
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