vicar

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noun vic·ar \ˈvi-kər\

Definition of vicar

  1. 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. 2 :  one serving as a substitute or agent; specifically :  an administrative deputy

vicarship

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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

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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

vicar

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noun vic·ar \ˈvi-kər\

Definition of vicar for Students

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



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