Meaning of legate

leg•ate

Pronunciation: (leg'it), [key]
— n.
  1. an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative.
    1. an assistant to a general or to a consul or magistrate, in the government of any army or a province; a commander of a legion.
    2. a provincial governor of senatorial rank appointed by the emperor.
  2. an envoy or emissary.
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