Definition of prelature in English:


Syllabification: prel·a·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈpreləCHər, -ˌCHo͝or


  • 1The office, rank, or sphere of authority of a prelate.
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    • Opus Dei was founded by a priest, has a bishop at its head, and numbers many priests and bishops among its members; its full name, before it was erected as a personal prelature, was the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei.
    • The authorities of the prelature must totally avoid even so much as giving advice on these matters.
    • Thomas is a member of Opus Dei, the personal prelature of the Pope comprised of lay persons.
  • 1.1 (the prelature) Prelates collectively.


early 17th century: from French prélature, from medieval Latin praelatura, from praelatus 'civil dignitary' (see prelate).

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