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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.
(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
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]
pre•lat•ic (prɪˈlæt ɪk) adj.