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prel·ate

 (prĕl′ĭt)
n.
A high-ranking member of the clergy, especially a bishop.

[Middle English prelat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praelātus, from Latin, past participle of praeferre, to carry before, to prefer : prae-, pre- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·lat′ic (prĭ-lăt′ĭk) adj.

prelate

(ˈprɛlɪt)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
[C13: from Old French prélat, from Church Latin praelātus, from Latin praeferre to hold in special esteem, prefer]
prelatic, preˈlatical adj

prel•ate

(ˈprɛl ɪt)

n.
an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop or a bishop; a church dignitary.
[1175–1225; Middle English prelat < Medieval Latin praelātus, Latin: a dignitary, n. use of past participle of praeferre to give precedence to, prefer]
prel′ate•ship`, n.
pre•lat•ic (prɪˈlæt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prelate - a senior clergyman and dignitaryprelate - a senior clergyman and dignitary  
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
Translations

prelate

[ˈprelɪt] Nprelado m

prelate

[ˈprɛlət] nprélat m

prelate

nPrälat m

prelate

[ˈprɛlɪt] nprelato
References in classic literature ?
May I so find mercy in your eyes,'' said the Jew, ``as I know not one word which the reverend prelate spake to me all this fearful night.
For, instead of a long train with royal diadems, I saw in one family two fiddlers, three spruce courtiers, and an Italian prelate.
In that respect unlike you, my dear Aramis, for you are still the same; you have still your beautiful dark hair, still your elegant figure, still your feminine hands, which are admirably suited to a prelate.
What have we to do with this mitred prelate,--with this crowned king?
D'Artagnan and Porthos walked straight up to the episcopal palace, which was surrounded by a numerous crowd anxious to see the prelate return.
Up to that period, the place which Aramis had held in the worthy governor's estimation was that of a prelate whom he respected and a friend to whom he owed a debt of gratitude; but now he felt himself an inferior, and that Aramis was his master.
He rose, and the two long lines of brothers followed his example, looking sideways with scared faces at the angry prelate.
And it was a fine day; a delicious day, with the horror of the Infinite veiled by the splendid tent of blue; a day innocently bright like a child with a washed face, fresh like an innocent young girl, suave in welcoming one's respects like--like a Roman prelate.
No," he cried, "you won't give it me, you proud prelate.
Bartholomew Irons--to the disappointment of the irregular prelate.
You ARE one; and you would be nothing else, my dear Ned, if you were the greatest courtier, lawyer, legislator, prelate, or merchant, in existence.
For whenever these factions have their cardinals they do not remain quiet for long, because cardinals foster the factions in Rome and out of it, and the barons are compelled to support them, and thus from the ambitions of prelates arise disorders and tumults among the barons.