Part of speech: noun

An ambassador; envoy.

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Usage examples "legate":

  1. Through the windows they could see the Papal legate chatting at table with the King, Sophia's father, and the Chancellor hobnobbing with the Cardinal Archbishop. - "The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales", Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
  2. The legate left Paris on the 3rd of April, 1808, and the religious struggle for temporal interests commenced with the head of the church, whom Napoleon should either not have recognised, or not have despoiled. - "History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814", F. A. M. Miguet.
  3. Arrived at Florence he found there Cardinal Ugolini, sent by the pope as legate to Tuscany to preach the crusade and take all needful measures for assuring its success. - "Life of St. Francis of Assisi", Paul Sabatier.