From prelate + -ship. Compare prelacy.
prelateship (countable and uncountable, plural prelateships)
- The rank or office of prelate. [from 16th c.]
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.8:
- Heliodorus that good Bishop of Tricea, loved rather to lose the dignity, profit and devotion of so venerable a Prelateship, than to for-goe his daughter […].