from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An official emissary, especially an official representative of the pope.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A deputy representing the Pope, specifically a papal ambassador sent on special ecclesiastical missions.
- n. An ambassador or messenger.
- n. The deputy of a provincial governor or general in ancient Rome.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ambassador or envoy.
- n. An ecclesiastic representing the pope and invested with the authority of the Holy See.
- n. An official assistant given to a general or to the governor of a province.
- n. Under the emperors, a governor sent to a province.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person commissioned to represent a state, or the highest authority in the state, in a foreign state or court; a deputy; an ambassador.
- n. Specifically In Roman history, a foreign envoy chosen by the senate, or a lieutenant of a general or of a consul or other magistrate in the government of an army or a province.
- n. One who is delegated by the Pope as his representative in the performance of certain ecclesiastical or political functions, or both.
- n. A legacy.
- To bequeath; give by will; give and bequeath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of a legation
Middle English, from Old French legat, from Medieval Latin lēgātus, from Latin, past participle of lēgāre, to depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Old English, from Old French legat, from Latin legatus (nominal use of perfect passive participle of lego ("bequeath, send as envoy")). (Wiktionary)