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n. Abbr. leg.
An official emissary, especially an official representative of the pope.

[Middle English, from Old French legat, from Medieval Latin lēgātus, from Latin, past participle of lēgāre, to depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

leg′ate·ship′ n.
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Noun1.legateship - the post or office of legatelegateship - the post or office of legate  
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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Mary, however, did not wish Pole to lose his legateship, and Peto wrote to the pope rejecting this appointment.