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 vicar (audio) \ noun

Examples of vicar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reached by The New Republic, Reverend Richard Reidy, vicar general for the Diocese, and a board member of Saint Vincent Hospital, declined to comment on the strike or the Diocese’s relationship with the hospital. Amy Littlefield, The New Republic, "The Rise of the Corporate-Catholic “Zombie Hospital”," 4 May 2021 Simpson is currently the vicar for professional and pastoral development of priests and a former pastor of St. Clement Parish in Lincoln Park. Jessica Villagomez,, "Longtime pastor of Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, the Rev. Tom Hurley, stepping down," 22 Mar. 2021 But in an email this month, the vicar for child protection of the Dominicans, the Rev. Albert Duggan, responded to a request from The Times. New York Times, "A Vanishing Priest, a Wall of Secrecy and a 25-Year-Old Abuse Case," 30 Jan. 2021 The increase in calls may also have to do with a change in psychiatric care in Sweden, according to Åke Nordström, vicar and chief of the Gustav Vasa assembly. Anna Stjernquist, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Sweden, pandemic inspires new generation to return to church," 22 Dec. 2020 Its vicar general, the Rev. Daniel Carson, said there have been personnel cuts and departments been asked to trim budgets by 10%. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Amid pandemic challenges, houses of worship show resiliency," 3 Oct. 2020 Father John Pfeifer, pastor of both parishes, and Father Clyde Foster, senior parochial vicar, presided at the ceremony that included a brief prayer service, a general blessing and individual pet blessings. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "West Park parishes host socially distanced blessing of animals: A Place in the Sun," 5 Oct. 2020 The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night," 28 Sep. 2020 Akiyama is currently the vicar at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Kapaau, Hawaii, and also the dean of Waiolaihui’ia School for Formation. oregonlive, "Oregon’s new Episcopal bishop follows journey of faith to a historic first for church in U.S.," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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“Vicar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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