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From Old French prelat, from Medieval Latin praelatus, from past participle of praeferre (to prefer).



prelate (plural prelates)

  1. A clergyman of high rank and authority, having jurisdiction over an area or a group of people; normally a bishop.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
      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[1], volume 2, 4th edition, 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.

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prelate (third-person singular simple present prelates, present participle prelating, simple past and past participle prelated)

  1. (obsolete) To act as a prelate.
    • 18 January 1549, Hugh Latimer, Sermon of the Plough
      Right prelating is busy labouring, and not lording.