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n. pl. prel·a·cies
a. The office or station of a prelate.
b. Prelates considered as a group. Also called prelature.
2. Church government administrated by prelates.
n, pl -cies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. the office or status of a prelate
b. prelates collectively
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) often derogatory Also called: prelatism government of the Church by prelates
prel•a•cy(ˈprɛl ə si)
n., pl. -cies.
1. the office or dignity of a prelate.
2. the order of prelates.
3. the body of prelates collectively.
4. the system of church government by prelates.
Prelacybody of prelates or bishops, collectively, 1300.
Example: the prelacy of the Lord, 1494.
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|Noun||1.||prelacy - prelates collectively|
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
|2.||prelacy - the office or station of a prelate|