Definition of generalate in English:



  • 1The office, rank, or position of general, especially of a religious body or organization.

  • 2The term of office of a general; the period of time served by an individual in this office.

  • 3A district or a division of an organization which is supervised by a general.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Dallington (b. 1561), author and courtier. From general + -ate. In sense 1 after French généralat office of general, term of office of a general and its etymon Italian generalato office of general; compare post-classical Latin generalatus generalship (of Friars Minor).