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noun 
  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; of the sun facing the sun; the most ancient royal power. " John Fowles, The Magus
    1. the deputy of a provincial governor or general in ancient Rome
Etymology: Late Old English, from Old French légat, from Latin legatus (noun use of past participle of legare "bequeath, send as envoy").


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