Meaning of prelacy

prel•a•cy

Pronunciation: (prel'u-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
  1. the office or dignity of a prelate.
  2. the order of prelates.
  3. the body of prelates collectively.
  4. the system of church government by prelates.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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