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Definition of "vicar" []

  • The priest of a parish in the Church of England who receives a stipend or salary but does not receive the tithes of a parish. (noun)
  • A cleric in charge of a chapel in the Episcopal Church of the United States. (noun)
  • A cleric acting in the place of a rector or bishop in the Anglican Communion generally. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church A priest who acts for or represents another, often higher-ranking member of the clergy. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vicar" in a sentence
  • "He is drawing up plans for neighbouring parishes to pool their resources, forming pastoral areas to be co-ordinated by a priest with the title vicar forane."
  • "He was what they call a vicar general -- next job to the bishop, you know."
  • ""Disco vicar" is a similar phrase, and sufficiently widely used I'd be tempted to file it as "jargon" already."