- a person offered to the service of and living in a monastery, but not under monastic vows or full monastic rule.
- a lay member of any of various Roman Catholic societies devoted to special religious work.
"person devoted to religious work," 1756, from M.L. oblatus, noun use of L. oblatus, variant pp. of L. offerre "to offer, to bring before" (latus "carried, borne" used as suppletive pp. of ferre "to bear"), from *tlatos, from PIE base *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (see extol).
"My first night in the convent, I had a quick dinner of scrambled eggs and bagels with the nuns and oblates in the cafeteria."
- Alexandra Kleeman, "The Bed-Rest Hoax", The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016