prel·ate /ˈprɛlət ||ˈpriˌlet/
Prel·ate n. A clergyman of a superior order, as an archbishop or a bishop, having authority over the lower clergy; a dignitary of the church.
Note: ☞ This word and the words derived from it are often used invidiously, in English ecclesiastical history, by dissenters, respecting the Established Church system.
Hear him but reason in divinity, . . .
You would desire the king were made a prelate. --Shak.
Prel·ate v. i. To act as a prelate. [Obs.]
Right prelating is busy laboring, and not lording. --Latimer.
n : a senior clergyman and dignitary [syn: archpriest, hierarch,
high priest, primate]