vic·​ar·​age | \ ˈvi-k(ə-)rij How to pronounce vicarage (audio) \

Definition of vicarage

1 : the benefice of a vicar
2 : the house of a vicar

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Recent Examples on the Web Agatha Christie’s fictional hamlet – the home of amateur sleuth Jane Marple – has seen its unfair share of murders, including at the vicarage. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "100 years on, it’s no mystery why Agatha Christie’s stories endure," 2 Oct. 2020 There was even a rival for Mompesson, in the non-conformist priest Thomas Stanley, who had only recently been ejected from the parish vicarage for refusing to accept the restoration of the Anglican church after the civil war. 1843, "Eyam revisited: lessons from a plague village," 16 Apr. 2020 The novel is set mainly in 1840 – when an aging Cassandra shows up at relatives’ soon-to-be vacated Kintbury vicarage, determined to rescue her sister’s letters to a favorite confidante from the prying eyes of posterity. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Jane Austen’s sister destroyed her letters. ‘Miss Austen’ imagines the reasons.," 8 Apr. 2020 Daniel is drawn to a young woman, Marta (Eliza Rycembel), but scorned by her mournful mother, Lidia (Aleksandra Konieczna), who is both the housekeeper at the vicarage and the sexton at the church. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Harley Quinn Isn’t the Most Criminal Thing in “Birds of Prey”," 7 Feb. 2020 The graves were discovered last fall during the excavation of a vicarage near the historic city of Uppsala and excavated during the last month. Fox News, "'Sensational' Viking boat graves discovered," 9 July 2019 Her novels sketch a circumscribed scene whose anchors were the church and the vicarage, and the busy, decent Englishmen and -women (more women) who shuffled between the two. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "In Praise of Barbara Pym," 24 Aug. 2017 Ms. Saward was 21 when members of an armed gang broke into the West London vicarage used by her father, an Anglican priest, and her family. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Jill Saward, Advocate for Victims of Sexual Assault, Dies at 51," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of vicarage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vicarage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vicarage

: a vicar's home

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