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1The office, rank, or sphere of authority of a prelate.
- ‘Thomas is a member of Opus Dei, the personal prelature of the Pope comprised of lay persons.’
- ‘The apostolic administrator of the prelature was eventually released unharmed.’
- ‘Opus Dei was founded by a priest, has a bishop at its head, and numbers many priests and bishops among its members; its full name, before it was erected as a personal prelature, was the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei.’
- ‘Opus Dei, as a personal prelature, forms part of the Church's hierarchical structure.’
- ‘The authorities of the prelature must totally avoid even so much as giving advice on these matters.’
- 1.1the prelature Prelates collectively.
Early 17th century: from French prélature, from medieval Latin praelatura, from praelatus ‘civil dignitary’ (see prelate).
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