delegacy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n delegacy the appointment of a delegate
    • n delegacy a group of representatives or delegates
    • n delegacy the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Delegacy A body of delegates or commissioners; a delegation.
    • Delegacy The act of delegating, or state of being delegated; deputed power. "By way of delegacy or grand commission."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n delegacy The act of delegating, or the state of being delegated.
    • n delegacy A number of persons delegated; a delegation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Delegacy a delegating: the persons delegated
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Delegate (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, away, and legare, -ātum, to send as ambassador.

Usage

In literature:

The colleges depend for their success on the same conditions as the non-collegiate delegacies.
"Social Transformations of the Victorian Age" by T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
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