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Prelate

means simply a man preferred, a man promoted to an ecclesiastical office which gives him jurisdiction over other clergymen. Cardinals, bishops, abbots, and archdeacons were at one time so called, but the term, is restricted in the Protestant Church to bishops. (Latin, præfero, preoelatus.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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