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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


  1. prelatenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRELATEnoun

    An ecclesiastick of the highest order and dignity.

    Etymology: prelat, Fr. prælatus, Lat.

    It beseemed not the person of so grave a prelate, to be either utterly without counsel, as the rest were, or in a common perplexity to shew himself alone secure. Richard Hooker.

    Hear him but reason in divinity,
    And, all-admiring, with an inward wish
    You would desire the king were made a prelate. William Shakespeare.

    The archbishop of Vienna, a reverend prelate, said one day to king Lewis XI. of France; sir, your mortal enemy is dead, what time duke Charles of Burgundy was slain. Francis Bacon.

    Yet Munster’s prelate ever be accurst,
    In whom we seek the German faith in vain. Dryden.

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

  2. Prelateverb

    to act as a prelate

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


  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. replate

  2. pearlet

  3. repleat

  4. ptereal

  5. pleater

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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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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. dependable
    • B. profound
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