vi·​car·​i·​ate | \ vī-ˈker-ē-ət How to pronounce vicariate (audio) , və-\

Definition of vicariate

1 : the office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a vicar
2 : the office or district of a governmental administrative deputy

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Vicariate V is one of six major geographical groupings of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Vickroy: From the ashes of Rwanda's genocide rises a phoenix of forgiveness," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of vicariate

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vicariate

Medieval Latin vicariatus, from Latin vicarius vicar

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