Definition of vicar
1 : an ecclesiastical agent: such asa : a Church of England incumbent receiving a stipend but not the tithes of a parishb : a member of the Episcopal clergy or laity who has charge of a mission or chapelc : 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
vicarshipplay \ˈvi-kər-ˌship\ noun
Recent Examples of vicar from the Web
More than 10,000 panes of the cathedral’s mirrored glass already have been re-caulked and resurfaced, under budget and on schedule, Rev. Christopher Smith, rector and episcopal vicar, told guests at the signing ceremony.
The family invites Mr. Travis, the vicar, over for dinner, presumably hoping Tom will change his mind about that whole Catholic thing.
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Origin and Etymology of vicar
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vicarius, from vicarius vicarious
First Known Use: 14th century
VICAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vicar for English Language Learners
: 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
VICAR Defined for Kids
Definition of vicar for Students
: a minister in charge of a church who serves under the authority of another minister
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