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prelate (plural prelates)
- A clergyman of high rank and authority, having jurisdiction over an area or a group of people; normally a bishop.
- Hear him but reason in divinity, […] / You would desire the king were made a prelate.
1845, William Palmer, Origines Liturgicae, or, Antiquities of the English Ritual: And a Dissertation on Primitive Liturgies, volume 2, edition 4th, London: Francis & John Rivington, OCLC 25757264, page 310:
- Inthronization, in ancient times, immediately succeeded the rite of consecration; the new bishop being honourably placed in his episcopal chair by the prelates assembled for his consecration.
- (obsolete) To act as a prelate.
- Right prelating is busy labouring, and not lording.