Definition of subdelegate in English:



  • A person who represents a delegate, or who serves as formal deputy to one.


  • 1with object To commission or appoint (a person) to act as a subdelegate. historical and archaic in later use.

  • 2with object To delegate (authority, or an office or commission) to a subordinate person, group, or body; to delegate further.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Sessions against Gardiner. From sub- + delegate, after either Anglo-Norman and Middle French subdelegat or post-classical Latin subdelegatus (frequently from 1200 in British sources; also in continental sources). Compare earlier subdelegate and later subdelegate<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From sub- + delegate, after either French subdéléguer or post-classical Latin subdelegare.