|1.||a diplomatic mission headed by a minister|
|2.||the official residence and office of a diplomatic minister|
|3.||the act of sending forth a diplomatic envoy|
|4.||the mission or business of a diplomatic envoy|
|5.||the rank or office of a legate|
|[C15: from Latin lēgātiō, from lēgātus|
major administrative division of the Papal States ruled by a cardinal legate during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the mid-19th century, on the eve of Italian unification, there were four such legations: Bologna (including Ferrara and Romagna), Urbino (covering the Marche), Perugia (covering Umbria), and Velletri (covering southern Lazio).
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