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[vik-er-ij] /ˈvɪk ər ɪdʒ/
the residence of a vicar.
the benefice of a vicar.
the office or duties of a vicar.
Origin of vicarage
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at vicar, -age Unabridged
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  • Take down your placard from the vicarage gate and put up one of my own in its place.

    Mothwise Knut Hamsun
  • Dear, all this is weeks and weeks old; I suppose it has only just reached the vicarage.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • My dear mother, why should I worry myself about the ‘vicarage troubles’?

    The New Mistress George Manville Fenn
  • She passed the vicarage with bent head, and never looked up.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • As soon as he'd done painting Gunhild's cottage—two coats it was to have—he was going off to the vicarage to dig a well.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • But when he reached the vicarage he was greeted with the news of her absence.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It was that day we had been having tea at the vicarage, when we met the man who wanted to set fire to some bishop or other.

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour
  • At the vicarage gate she was let off without the customary final gossip.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Perhaps where it was left, on the table in the parlour of the vicarage.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet Walter Besant and James Rice
  • As they passed a gap in the vicarage hedge, laughing and chatting.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for vicarage


the residence or benefice of a vicar
a rare word for vicariate (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vicarage

early 15c., "benefice of a vicar," from vicar + -age. Meaning "house or residence of a vicar" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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