noun Church of England.
a lay officer in a cathedral who performs those parts of a service not reserved to the priests.
Lay vs. LieThe difference between the verbs lay and lie is one of English’s thornier cases of confusion. Both words involve something or someone in a horizontal position, but where the two words deviate has to do with who or what is horizontal—the subject of the verb (the one doing the action) or the direct object (the person or thing being acted upon). When to use lay …
Also called clerk vicar, lay clerk, secular vicar.
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Examples from the Web for clerk vicar
I thought maybe I could get in as a lay-vicar when my year is up, and work at harmony under Miles, and take a musical degree.The Pillars of the House, Vol. I (of 2)|Charlotte M. Yonge