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

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Bishop Salazar, one of six auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles, administered the archdiocese’s southern San Pedro region until 2009, and most recently served as vicar for the office of ethnic ministries. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "U.S. Bishop Resigns Over Old Sex-Abuse Allegations," 19 Dec. 2018 In retirement, Bishop Eastman served at Washington National Cathedral in various roles and was appointed vicar in 2003. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "A. Theodore Eastman, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, dies at 89," 28 Apr. 2018 Bambera, who has emphasized his zero-tolerance policies toward clergy abuse since becoming Scranton’s bishop in 2010, said Bishop James Timlin had already decided to reassign Gibson to another parish by the time Bambera became vicar in 1995. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "As bishop looks on, abusive Father Ned gets a new assignment," 4 Sep. 2018 Some of that outrage has been directed at Farrell, who was consecrated as a bishop by McCarrick in 2001 and served as his vicar general in the archdiocese of Washington until McCarrick’s 2006 retirement. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "US Vatican cardinal: “Not once did I even suspect” McCarrick," 31 July 2018 The priest is now the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond while also serving as the archdiocese's episcopal vicar for Hispanics. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "US bishops to meet pope amid crisis in confidence over abuse," 13 Sep. 2018 Stepping in to fill the gap: Tom Brittney, who’ll play the Reverend Will Davenport, the new resident vicar of the village and the new crime-solving partner to Robson Green’s Geordie Keating. Matthew Gilbert,, "‘Grantchester’ will go on without James Norton," 29 June 2018 The only appointments that could be considered routine were those of Archbishop Luis Ladaria, head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, and Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, who as vicar of Rome leads the diocese in the name of the pope. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Continues to Boost Diversity in College of Cardinals," 20 May 2018 Alexa is not equipped to handle thorny theological debate; that will remain the job of the vicars in the Church of England’s 12,600 parishes. The Economist, "Alexa, who is God? A new app aims to win over agnostics," 23 May 2018

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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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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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