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Prelate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    prelate n : a senior clergyman and dignitary [syn: archpriest, hierarch, high priest, primate]
Prelate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prelate \Prel"ate\ (?; 48), n. [F. pr['e]lat, LL. praelatus, fr. L. praelatus, used as p. p. of praeferre to prefer, but from a different root. See Elate.] A clergyman of a superior order, as an archbishop or a bishop, having authority over the lower clergy; a dignitary of the church. Note: This word and the words derived from it are often used invidiously, in English ecclesiastical history, by dissenters, respecting the Established Church system. Hear him but reason in divinity, . . . You would desire the king were made a prelate. --Shak.
Prelate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prelate \Prel"ate\, v. i. To act as a prelate. [Obs.] Right prelating is busy laboring, and not lording. --Latimer.
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A prelate is a high-ranking member of the clergy who is an ordinary or who ranks in precedence with ordinaries. The word derives from the Latin prælatus, the past participle of præferre, which means "carry before," "be set above or over" or "prefer"; hence, a prelate is one set over others.

A prelature is the office of a prelate or the entire juridical entity which the prelate governs. Prelacy is the body of prelates as a whole or a system of government, administration or ministry by prelates.

The archetypal prelate is a bishop, whose prelature is his particular church. All other prelates, including the regular prelates such as abbots and major superiors, are based upon this original model of prelacy.

Sometimes the clergy of a state church with a formal hierarchy are called prelates without having ordinary jurisdiction, which etymologically suggests that the prelate enjoys legal privileges and power as a result of clerical status.

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  • Boholano prelate’s appointment as UN ambassador hailed
    Governor Edgar M. Chatto is hailing the appointment of a Boholano prelate as the Vatican’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN). Bernardito Cleopas Auza[/caption] Chatto, in his weekly news conference here, said the nomination by Pope Francis of Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, who is the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, is a “source of hope, inspi Read more on this news related to 'Prelate'
  • Priest resents other groups proselytizing among Catholics in Yolanda-affected areas
    A Catholic prelate said several religious denominations have been recruiting Yolanda survivors, mostly Catholics, into their groups in exchange for financial and relief aid. Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez said these groups, which he did not identify, are “taking advantage” of the survivors’ vulnerability “in the guise” of compassionate response. He then Read more on this news related to 'Prelate'
  • Seattle prelate is early prospect for Episcopal Presiding Bishop
    The bishops of America’s Episcopal Church will elect a new Presiding Bishop next July. Western Washington’s Bishop Greg Rickel is being sounded out as candidate for a top job that requires the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job. Rickel, 51, is an Arkansas native, a onetime hospital administrator who successfully built a multiethnic, multilingual congreg Read more on this news related to 'Prelate'

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