from The Century Dictionary.

  • Prelatical; episcopal.

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

  • adjective Prelatical.

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  • adjective Pertaining to a prelate


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  • While the cappa magna is not a strictly liturgical vestment, it is still a part of the prelatial choir dress, and perhaps the one that most vividly typified the prelatial dignity.

    Cappa Magna In Use Again

  • Robed in fabulous prelatial garb endowed by emperor Charles VI +1740, given his imposing stature, he looked like a real prince of the church in the true sense of the word and of course his sermon fully corresponded the anticipation of the conservative audience, for the most part made up by old austro-hungarian high nobility and for the 21th century in old traditions still very deep rooted peasants of lower austria and tyrol.

    A Message from the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna

  • Part I is "General Principles", Part II is "Different Parts of the Prelatial Costume", and Part III is "Some other articles pertaining to the prelatial dignity".

    Costume of prelates of the Catholic church

  • He can wear everywhere the prelatial dress and ring (the sign of his spiritual union with his titular see), and use the pontifical vestments, ornaments, and insignia, when, by permission of the ordinary, he performs pontifical functions.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • He can and must use the prelatial dress, as in the Roman Curia, to wit: rochet over the purple soutane with purple mantelletta, in his attendance in the cathedral, where he has precedence over all other canons and dignitaries, as to choir stall and functions.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • When the hero has ordered an architect to make some plans for a building, the door opens and servants enter bearing "a large and magnificent portfolio of morocco, made of prelatial purple with broad bands of gold and alternate ornaments of a cross and a coronet."

    Some Diversions of a Man of Letters

  • It was of morocco and of prelatial purple with broad bands of gold and alternate ornaments of a cross and a coronet.


  • (dollars) a position of prelatial rank, and devoted his wealth and leisure to the enlargement of the library bequeathed to him by his uncle.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery


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