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prelate (n.)

c. 1200, from Old French prelat (Modern French prélate) and directly from Medieval Latin prelatus "clergyman of high rank," from Latin praelatus "one preferred," noun use of past participle of praeferre (see prefer), from prae "before" (see pre-) + lātus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).

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Definitions of prelate from WordNet

prelate (n.)
a senior clergyman and dignitary;
Synonyms: archpriest / hierarch / high priest / primate
From wordnet.princeton.edu