What does Legate mean?

Definitions for Legate
ˈlɛg ɪtlegate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legate, official emissarynoun

    a member of a legation


  1. legatenoun

    A deputy representing the Pope, specifically a papal ambassador sent on special ecclesiastical missions.

  2. legatenoun

    An ambassador or messenger.

  3. legatenoun

    The deputy of a provincial governor or general in ancient Rome.

  4. Etymology: Late, from legat, from legatus (nominal use of perfect passive participle of lego).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Legatenoun

    Etymology: legatus, Latin; legat, French; legato, Italian.

    The legates from th’ Ætolian prince return:
    Sad news they bring, that after all the cost,
    And care employ’d, their embassy is lost. John Dryden, Æneis.

    Look where the holy legate comes apace,
    To give us warrant from the hand of heav’n. William Shakespeare.

    Upon the legate ’s summons, he submitted himself to an examination, and appeared before him. Francis Atterbury.


  1. legate

    A legate is a representative or ambassador, typically an official representative of the Pope or a high-ranking member of the clergy who is sent to assist or act on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. The term can also be used in a broader context to refer to any representative or emissary appointed by a governing body or entity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legatenoun

    an ambassador or envoy

  2. Legatenoun

    an ecclesiastic representing the pope and invested with the authority of the Holy See

  3. Legatenoun

    an official assistant given to a general or to the governor of a province

  4. Legatenoun

    under the emperors, a governor sent to a province

  5. Etymology: [OE. legat, L. legatus, fr. legare to send with a commission or charge, to depute, fr. lex, legis, law: cf. F. lgat, It. legato. See Legal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Legate

    leg′āt, n. an ambassador, esp. from the Pope: a delegate, deputy, esp. a foreign envoy chosen by the senate of ancient Rome, or a general or consul's lieutenant.—n. Leg′ateship.—adj. Leg′atīne, of or relating to a legate.—n. Legā′tion, the person or persons sent as legates or ambassadors: the official abode of a legation. [Fr. légat, It. legato—L. legatuslegāre, to send with a commission.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Legate

    the title of the Pope's representative or ambassador; in medieval times this office was attached to certain bishoprics, and the bishops were styled legati nati; besides these there were legati a latere, generally cardinals, and legati missi, or nuncios specially appointed; legates used to claim full papal jurisdiction within their provinces, which caused many disputes; now they are ambassadors for spiritual purposes at Roman Catholic Courts—Vienna, Münich, Madrid, Lisbon, and Paris—and do not interfere with the authority of the bishops.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Legate is ranked #27185 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Legate surname appeared 890 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Legate.

    95.5% or 850 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for Legate »

  1. eaglet

  2. telega

  3. teagle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    A foreordained
    B extroversive
    C unsealed
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