One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A chairperson of the lower house of convocation in a province of the Church of England.
- ‘The archbishop presided over the whole convocation; the lower house, when sitting separately, was chaired by its elected prolocutor, its channel of communication to the bishops.’
2archaic, formal A spokesman.speech-maker, public speaker, lecturer, talker, speechifier, expounder, orator, declaimer, rhetorician, haranguerView synonyms
Late Middle English (in prolocutor (sense 2)): from Latin, from prolocut- ‘spoken out’, from the verb proloqui, from pro- ‘before’ + loqui ‘speak’.
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