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Definitions for prelature
ˈprɛl ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊərprela·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prelacy, prelaturenoun

    prelates collectively

  2. prelacy, prelaturenoun

    the office or station of a prelate


  1. prelaturenoun

    prelates in general

  2. prelaturenoun

    the office of a prelate

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prelature, Prelatureshipnoun

    The state or dignity of a prelate. Dict.

    Etymology: prælatura, Lat. prelature, Fr.


  1. Prelature

    A prelate () is a high-ranking member of the Christian clergy who is an ordinary or who ranks in precedence with ordinaries. The word derives from the Latin praelatus, the past participle of praeferre, 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.


  1. prelature

    A prelature is a body or organization within the Catholic Church that is headed by a prelate, who is usually a bishop or monsignor. This term typically refers to personal prelatures, which are jurisdictional structures created to carry out certain pastoral activities. This is a unique ecclesiastical jurisdiction that is not limited by geographical boundaries, allowing the prelate to offer spiritual direction to any lay faithful across diocesan boundaries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prelaturenoun

    alt. of Prelatureship

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prelature in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prelature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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