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[vik-er-jen-er-uh l] /ˈvɪk ərˈdʒɛn ər əl/
noun, plural vicars-general.
Roman Catholic Church. a priest deputized by a bishop to assist him in the administration of a diocese.
Church of England. an ecclesiastical officer, usually a layperson, who assists a bishop or an archbishop in the discharge of his judicial or administrative duties.
Origin of vicar-general
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
Related forms
vicar-generalship, noun Unabridged
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vicar general

noun (pl) vicars general
an official, usually a layman, appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese in discharging his administrative or judicial duties
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