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ˈprɛl ɪtprelate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archpriest, hierarch, high priest, prelate, primatenoun

    a senior clergyman and dignitary

Wiktionary

  1. prelatenoun

    A clergyman of high rank and authority, having jurisdiction over an area or a group of people; normally a bishop.

    Etymology: prelat, from praelatus, form past participle of praeferre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prelatenoun

    a clergyman of a superior order, as an archbishop or a bishop, having authority over the lower clergy; a dignitary of the church

    Etymology: [F. prlat, LL. praelatus, fr. L. praelatus, used as p. p. of praeferre to prefer, but from a different root. See Elate.]

  2. Prelateverb

    to act as a prelate

    Etymology: [F. prlat, LL. praelatus, fr. L. praelatus, used as p. p. of praeferre to prefer, but from a different root. See Elate.]

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  1. Prelate

    A prelate is a high-ranking member of the clergy who is an ordinary or who ranks in precedence with ordinaries. The word derives from the Latin prælatus, the past participle of præferre, which means "carry before", "be set above or over" or "prefer"; hence, a prelate is one set over others. The archetypal prelate is a bishop, whose prelature is his particular church. All other prelates, including the regular prelates such as abbots and major superiors, are based upon this original model of prelacy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prelate

    prel′āt, n. the holder of one of those higher dignities in the church to which, of their own right, is attached a proper jurisdiction, not derived by delegation from any superior official: a church dignitary.—ns. Prel′acy, the office of a prelate: the order of bishops or the bishops collectively: church government by prelates: episcopacy; Prel′ateship.—adjs. Prelat′ic, -al, pertaining to prelates or prelacy.—adv. Prelat′ically.—v.t. and v.i. Prel′atise, to make or to become prelatical.—ns. Prel′atism, Prel′ature, prelacy: the time during which a prelate exercises authority; Prel′atist, an upholder of prelacy. [Fr. prélat—L. prelatuspræ, before, latus, borne.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prelate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prelate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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