from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The office or station of a prelate.
  • noun Prelates considered as a group.
  • noun Church government administrated by prelates.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The dignity or office of a prelate.
  • noun The system of church government by prelates, as distinguished from one in which all the clergy are on an equality.
  • noun The order or rank of prelates; the body of prelates taken collectively.

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

  • noun The office or dignity of a prelate; church government by prelates.
  • noun The order of prelates, taken collectively; the body of ecclesiastical dignitaries.

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

  • noun the office of a prelate
  • noun the prelature - prelates considered as a group
  • noun a church government or organisation administered by prelates

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

  • noun the office or station of a prelate
  • noun prelates collectively


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