prelature

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prelature the office or station of a prelate
    • n prelature prelates collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prelature The state or dignity of a prelate; prelacy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prelature The state, dignity, or office of a prelate; also, the period during which the functions of a prelate are exercised.
    • n prelature Prelacy; the order of prelates.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Prelature prelacy: the time during which a prelate exercises authority
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prélature, or LL. praelatura,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prélat—L. prelatuspræ, before, latus, borne.

Usage

In literature:

In 1822 thirty new sees were added to the prelature.
"The Cathedrals of Southern France" by Francis Miltoun
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