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.
  • 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

  • To bequeath; give by will; give and bequeath.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of a legation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French legat, from Medieval Latin lēgātus, from Latin, past participle of lēgāre, to depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.

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Late Old English, from Old French legat, from Latin legatus (nominal use of perfect passive participle of lego ("bequeath, send as envoy")).


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