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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Legate  \Leg"ate\  (l[e^]g"[asl]t),  n.  [OE.  legat,  L.  legatus  fr 
  legare  to  send  with  a  commission  or  charge,  to  depute,  fr 
  lex,  legis,  law:  cf  F.  l['e]gat,  It  legato.  See  {Legal}.] 
  1.  An  ambassador  or  envoy. 
  2.  An  ecclesiastic  representing  the  pope  and  invested  with 
  the  authority  of  the  Holy  See 
  Note:  Legates  are  of  three  kinds:  ({a})  Legates  a  latere,  now 
  always  cardinals.  They  are  called  ordinary  or 
  extraordinary  legates,  the  former  governing  provinces, 
  and  the  latter  class  being  sent  to  foreign  countries  on 
  extraordinary  occasions.  ({b})  Legati  missi,  who 
  correspond  to  the  ambassadors  of  temporal  governments. 
  ({c})  Legati  nati,  or  legates  by  virtue  of  their 
  office,  as  the  archbishops  of  Salzburg  and  Prague. 
  3.  (Rom.  Hist.) 
  a  An  official  assistant  given  to  a  general  or  to  the 
  governor  of  a  province. 
  b  Under  the  emperors,  a  governor  sent  to  a  province. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  member  of  a  legation  [syn:  {official  emissary}] 

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