vi·​car·​i·​ate vī-ˈker-ē-ət How to pronounce vicariate (audio)
: the office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a vicar
: the office or district of a governmental administrative deputy

Examples of vicariate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His vicariate in the Peruvian Amazon covers an area the size of Portugal, but only has 14 priests to serve a population of approximately 140,000 Catholics. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2019 Vicariate V is one of six major geographical groupings of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, 28 July 2017

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Word History


Medieval Latin vicariatus, from Latin vicarius vicar

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vicariate was in 1610

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“Vicariate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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