- a member of the clergy, especially a cardinal, representing the Pope；an ambassador or messenger.
noun: legate, plural noun: legates
- 1. a member of the clergy, especially a cardinal, representing the Pope a papal legate arrived in France on a peacemaking mission
- ▪ archaic an ambassador or messenger.
- 2. a general or governor of an ancient Roman province, or their deputy the Roman legate of Syria