noun• formal or • historical
- A bishop or other high ecclesiastical dignitary.More example sentences
- But in the 1893 campaign in Chicago, Moody was the first evangelical preacher that I know of who invited Roman Catholic prelates, priests, and bishops to share his platform.
- The pictures from Saint Peter's Square on an unusually warm and bright day were sharp and colorful, the rows of scarlet-robed prelates encircling the pope's chair a strong visual sign of Catholic solidarity and order.
- Only the king could appoint people to it and normally only princes of the blood (the most senior nobles), senior prelates and magnates were allowed to join.
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- The goal is to lay out these two values-the ‘Miltonian’ and ‘prelatical’ commitments of ECUSA-and then ask if the Covenant is not a clearly effective way of granting these elements a constructive life together.
- Visiting the great Galileo - in an Inquisition prison - did not destroy Milton's veneration for Italian science and learning but it deepened his hatred of prelatical licensing.
Middle English: from Old French prelat, from medieval Latin praelatus 'civil dignitary', past participle (used as a noun) of Latin praeferre 'carry before', also 'place before in esteem'.
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