A papal legate of the highest class, with full powers.
More example sentences
- The Pope could appoint a ‘legate a latere’ - that is a cardinal with the power to act in the name of the Pope in this area.
- Wolsey additionally became papal legate a latere in 1518.
- In 1518 the pope honoured him with the special status of legate a latere, outranking the legatine status held by every archbishop of Canterbury; in 1524 this title was, uniquely, given for life.
early 16th century: from legate + Latin a latere 'by a third party'.
Definition of legate a latere in:
- The US English dictionary