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  1. a presiding officer of an assembly; chairperson.
  2. Church of England. the chairperson of the lower house of a convocation.
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Origin of prolocutor

1400–50; late Middle English: one who speaks for another < Latin prōlocūtor one who speaks out, equivalent to prōlocū- (variant stem of prōloquī to speak forth; prō- pro-1 + loquī to speak) + -tor -tor
Related formspro·loc·u·tor·ship, noun
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Historical Examples

  • I was this morning to visit the Dean, or Mr. Prolocutor, I think you call him, don't you?

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • Mr Prolocutor Weston disputed with the beer-pot at his elbow, and forgot not his devoirs thereto in the course thereof.

    Robin Tremayne

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • They chose a man as their prolocutor who had been forward in the worst conduct of the university of Oxford.

  • Nevertheless the prolocutor made a full submission, with which the archbishop was satisfied, and the sentence was repealed.

  • The prolocutor absenting himself from the convocation, the archbishop pronounced sentence of contumacy against him.

British Dictionary definitions for prolocutor


  1. a chairman, esp of the lower house of clergy in a convocation of the Anglican Church
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Derived Formsprolocutorship, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin: advocate, from pro- 1 + loquī to speak
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