vic·​ar | \ ˈvi-kər How to pronounce vicar (audio) \

Definition of vicar

1 : an ecclesiastical agent: such 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
2 : one serving as a substitute or agent specifically : an administrative deputy

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Other Words from vicar

vicarship \ ˈvi-​kər-​ˌship How to pronounce vicarship (audio) \ noun

Examples of vicar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one, Atkinson presents as a stuffy Church of England vicar, dressed in full vestments and reading the Canaan wedding story from John’s gospel. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Twitter Outrage at the Church of England’s Views on Sex," 24 Jan. 2020 One of the speakers recalled when Vasquez, as a vicar, was asked by church members to shoo away a man outside the church who was viewed as a vagrant. Elaine Ayala,, "‘My last Christmas’ — San Antonio poet-turned-pastor faces death with grace," 24 Dec. 2019 In 1946, Robin returned to England, receiving a post as the vicar of South Wigston. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Prince Philip's Friend Robin Woods, the Dean of Windsor?," 30 Nov. 2019 In 2003, Bishop Sean O’Malley took over, while Lennon stayed on as vicar general and moderator of the curia. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Clelveland Catholic diocese Bishop Richard Lennon celebrated and interred at Cathedral of St. John," 5 Nov. 2019 That all changed one day when the Rev. Teilo Lwande, a priest at St. Andrew who also serves as a parochial vicar for the Diocese of Phoenix, casually asked Garcia about her children and their religious education. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "'We're to love like Jesus loved': Chandler Catholic church to host first sensory-friendly Mass," 1 Nov. 2019 My playthrough was spent with the first two companions that players can enlist: a small-town factory grunt named Parvati, and a vicar with a checkered past named Max. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Outer Worlds review: Fall deeply into the best Fallout-like game in years," 22 Oct. 2019 Even Alberto Velazquez as the vicar and Brooke Linford as Helen Burns, Jane’s best friend who perishes from consumption, have moments, not of virtuosity, but as vital figures who serve to advance the story. Lauren Warnecke,, "Review: Joffrey’s cast is terrific in ‘Jane Eyre,’ but bring your crib sheet," 17 Oct. 2019 Under early English rule, monarchs were considered vicars of God, and disobeying them was equivalent to committing a sin. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of vicar

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vicar

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vicarius, from vicarius vicarious

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3 Feb 2020

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“Vicar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vicar

: a priest in the Church of England who is in charge of a particular church and the area around it
US : a pastor's assistant in an Episcopalian or Lutheran church


vic·​ar | \ ˈvi-kər How to pronounce vicar (audio) \

Kids Definition of vicar

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

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