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Dictionary Definition

legate n : a member of a legation [syn: official emissary]

User Contributed Dictionary



Late , from légat, from legatus (noun use of past participle of legare).


  • /'lɛgət/


  1. A deputy representing the Pope, specifically a papal ambassador sent on special ecclesiastical missions.
  2. An ambassador or messenger.
    • 1965: The dark figure on the raised white terrace; legate of the sun facing the sun; the most ancient royal power. — John Fowles, The Magus
  3. The deputy of a provincial governor or general in ancient Rome.



  1. Plural of legata


  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, legare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, legare#Italian|legare




Extensive Definition

Legate may refer to:
  • Legatus, a general officer of the ancient Roman army drawn from among the senatorial class
  • Papal legate, a messenger from the Holy See
  • Legate, a rank in the Cardassian military in the fictional Star Trek universe
  • A member of a legation or diplomatic embassy
  • A representative, such as an ambassador or envoy
legate in Czech: Legát
legate in German: Legat
legate in French: Légat
legate in Portuguese: Legado (desambiguação)
legate in Swedish: Legat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ambassador, ambassadress, apostolic delegate, attache, career diplomat, chancellor, charge, commercial attache, commissar, commissary, commissionaire, commissioner, consul, consul general, consular agent, delegate, diplomat, diplomatic, diplomatic agent, diplomatist, emissary, envoy, envoy extraordinary, foreign service officer, herald, internuncio, messenger, military attache, minister, minister plenipotentiary, minister resident, nuncio, plenipotentiary, resident, secretary, secretary of legation, vice-consul, vice-legate
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