Definition of legate a latere in English:

legate a latere

Line breaks: leg¦ate a lat¦ere
Pronunciation: /ˌlɛɡət ɑː ˈlatəreɪ
 
, -ri/

noun

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.

Origin

early 16th century: from legate + Latin a latere 'by a third party'.

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