Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A public proclamation or summons.
  • noun Specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, the public confirmation by the Pope of the decision of the College of Cardinals to appoint a given ecclesiastic to a specified church dignity.

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

  • noun A publishing by proclamation; a public proclamation.
  • noun (Eccl.) A formal approbation by the pope of a person nominated to an ecclesiastical dignity.

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

  • noun A publishing by proclamation; a public proclamation.
  • noun A formal approbation by the pope of a person nominated to an ecclesiastical dignity.

Etymologies

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Latin praeconium a crying out in public, from praeco, -onis, a crier, a herald: compare French préconisation.

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