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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.