Definition of prelate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprelət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprelət//
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a priest of high rank in the Christian Church, such as a bishop or cardinal Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French prelat, from medieval Latin praelatus ‘civil dignitary’, past participle (used as a noun) of Latin praeferre ‘carry before’, also ‘place before in esteem’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prelate