From French ablégate, from Latin ablēgātus, perfect passive participle of ablēgō (“I send off or away; banish”), from ab (“from, away from”) + lēgō (“I dispatch, send on a commission”). See legate.
- (US) IPA: /ˈæ.bləˌɡeɪt/, /ˈæ.bləˌɡət/
ablegate (third-person singular simple present ablegates, present participle ablegating, simple past and past participle ablegated)
- (obsolete) To send abroad.
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ablegate (plural ablegates)
- (Roman Catholicism) A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.