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prelate

[prel-it] /ˈprɛl ɪt/
noun
1.
an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop, bishop, etc.; a church dignitary.
Origin of prelate
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English prelat < Medieval Latin praelātus a civil or ecclesiastical dignitary, noun use of Latin praelātus (past participle of praeferre to prefer), equivalent to prae- pre- + lātus, suppletive past participle of ferre to bear1
Related forms
prelateship, noun
prelatic
[pri-lat-ik] /prɪˈlæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonprelatic, adjective
unprelatic, adjective
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prelate

/ˈprɛlɪt/
noun
1.
a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
Derived Forms
prelatic (prɪˈlætɪk), prelatical, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French prélat, from Church Latin praelātus, from Latin praeferre to hold in special esteem, prefer
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Word Origin and History for prelate
n.

c.1200, from Old French prelat (Modern French prélate) and directly from Medieval Latin prelatus "clergyman of high rank," from Latin praelatus "one preferred," noun use of past participle of praeferre (see prefer), from prae "before" (see pre-) + latus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).

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