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vicar

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noun vic·ar \ˈvi-kər\

Simple Definition of vicar

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  one serving as a substitute or agent; specifically :  an administrative deputy

  2. 2 :  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 play \-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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