noun vic·ar \ˈvi-kər\

: a priest in the Church of England who is in charge of a particular church and the area around it

: a pastor's assistant in an Episcopalian or Lutheran church

Full Definition of VICAR

:  one serving as a substitute or agent; specifically :  an administrative deputy
:  an ecclesiastical agent: as
a :  a Church of England incumbent receiving a stipend but not the tithes of a parish
b :  a member of the Episcopal clergy or laity who has charge of a mission or chapel
c :  a member of the clergy who exercises a broad pastoral responsibility as the representative of a prelate
vic·ar·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Origin of VICAR

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vicarius, from vicarius vicarious
First Known Use: 14th century

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VICAR Defined for Kids


noun vic·ar \ˈvi-kər\

Definition of VICAR for Kids

:  a minister in charge of a church who serves under the authority of another minister
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