Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To send abroad.
  • noun A papal envoy who carries insignia or presents of honor to newly appointed cardinals or civil dignitaries. Apostolic ablegates are of higher rank than those designated pontifical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (R. C. Ch.) A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.
  • transitive verb obsolete To send abroad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete To send abroad.
  • noun Roman Catholicism A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.

Etymologies

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From French ablégate, from Latin ablēgātus, perfect passive participle of ablēgō ("I send off or away; banish"), from ab ("from, away from") + lēgō ("I dispatch, send on a commission"). See legate.

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