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prelature

[prel-uh-cher, -choo r] /ˈprɛl ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər/
noun
1.
the office of a prelate.
2.
the order of prelates.
3.
prelates collectively.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Medieval Latin praelātūra. See prelate, -ure
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