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Etymology edit

prelate +‎ -ess

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prelatess (plural prelatesses)

  1. (archaic) A female prelate.
  2. (archaic) The wife of a prelate.
    • 1642 April, John Milton, An Apology for Smectymnuus; republished in A Complete Collection of the Historical, Political, and Miscellaneous Works of John Milton, [], Amsterdam [actually London: s.n.], 1698, →OCLC:
      rheumatic old prelatess, with all her young Corinthian laity

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for prelatess”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

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