prelature

prelature

[prel-uh-cher, -choor]
noun
1.
the office of a prelate.
2.
the order of prelates.
3.
prelates collectively.

Origin:
1600–10; < Medieval Latin praelātūra. See prelate, -ure

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prelature

noun
1. prelates collectively [syn: prelacy
2. the office or station of a prelate [syn: prelacy
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