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

Other Words from vicar

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

Examples of vicar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a church that prizes unity and sees in the figure of the pope Christ’s vicar on Earth, confusion about who is really pope or the specter of a parallel papacy is no small thing. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 21 Apr. 2022 When Hullermann’s case became public in 2010, the Munich archdiocese placed responsibility on the then-vicar general, Gerhard Gruber, for the decision to return the priest to active duty. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 The parade and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration a year earlier were organized by the Irish vicar Ricardo Artur, according to Stack. Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Here's Villanelle, pushed to the fringes of the group, humiliated by the vicar who has no business judging anyone. Kat Rosenfield,, 7 Mar. 2022 In Essex, Cora forms an unlikely bond with the village vicar (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 16 Mar. 2022 And that's when Villanelle writes the name of the vicar's dead wife on a post-it and slaps it on his forehead. Kat Rosenfield,, 7 Mar. 2022 Arango served as a pastor, parochial administrator, parochial vicar, and other religious titles in Arizona, California, and Brazil over the past 20 years. David Aaro, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2022 Arango has served as a pastor, parochial administrator, parochial vicar and other religious roles for more than 20 years in Brazil, California and Arizona. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Vicar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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