A high-ranking member of the clergy, especially a bishop. (noun)
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Use "prelate" in a sentence
"Tonsures and minor orders (the officiating prelate is H.E. Msgr. Basil Meeking, Bishop emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand):"
"Another Latin American prelate makes clear what happens to pro-abortion politicians"
"The plump shadowed face and sullen oval jowl recalled a prelate, patron of arts in the middle ages."