from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A high-ranking member of the clergy, especially a bishop.
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- n. A clergyman of high rank and authority, having jurisdiction over an area or a group of people; normally a bishop.
- v. To act as a prelate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A clergyman of a superior order, as an archbishop or a bishop, having authority over the lower clergy; a dignitary of the church.
- intransitive v. To act as a prelate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ecclesiastic of a higher order, having direct and not delegated authority over other ecclesiastics.
- To act as a prelate; perform the duties of a prelate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a senior clergyman and dignitary
Tonsures and minor orders (the officiating prelate is H.E. Msgr. Basil Meeking, Bishop emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand):
Another Latin American prelate makes clear what happens to pro-abortion politicians
The plump shadowed face and sullen oval jowl recalled a prelate, patron of arts in the middle ages.
The prelate was a man of a kindly disposition, and did not hesitate, in reply to a petition of the
Reply Obj. 4: Augustine means that the matter ought to be made known to the prelate before it is stated to the witnesses, in so far as the prelate is a private individual who is able to be of more use than others, but not that it is to be told him as to the Church, i.e. as holding the position of judge.
Bernard Mac Mahon (1737-47), then Bishop of Clogher, who is described as a prelate remarkable for zeal, charity, prudence, and sound doctrine.
There were at least two men in Ugolini: the Christian, who felt himself subdued before Clara and Francis; the prelate, that is, a man whom the glory of the Church sometimes caused to forget the glory of God.
On the shoulders of a prelate was the purple that had dazzled the world.
As always happens, however, the prelate was the only victim.
Then follows, in the same month of October, that stormy letter to some prelate, which is one of the most weighty autobiographical documents from the hand of Michelangelo in our possession.