- a person acting as priest of a parish in place of the rector, or as representative of a religious community to which tithes belong.
- the priest of a parish the tithes of which are impropriated and who receives only the smaller tithes or a salary.
- a member of the clergy whose sole or chief charge is a chapel dependent on the church of a parish.
- a bishop's assistant in charge of a church or mission.
- vibropac block,
- vicar apostolic,
- vicar capitular,
- vicar choral,
- vicar forane,
- vicar general
Origin of vicar
Examples from the Web for vicar
This woman attacked the vicar throughout the dinner party, for not being Christian enough.
After all of the adventures at Hogwarts, Rowling may be saying, all you want to do is snuggle up with a cup of tea and a vicar.Writing For Teens Vs. Adults: Rowling As Case Study|Seth Lerer|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When Barack Obama tried to shush "loose talk of war," he got as much traction as a vicar giving a sermon during a soccer riot.
But in his sixth letter the Vicar of Helleston opened what I may call a masked battery.The Mayor of Troy|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The vicar said he was now going to say a bold thing; if it brought him within reach of the law he could not help it.What Not|Rose Macaulay
The vicar heard her and was almost startled into complete wakefulness.The Smuggler's Cave|George A. Birmingham
She was a very pretty child and was, according to the testimony of the vicar, the Rev. Evan Jones, a "good girl."Fasting Girls|William Alexander Hammond
“More applause, Tom,” said the Vicar; and it was given laughingly.The Vast Abyss|George Manville Fenn
- (in Britain) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish from which, formerly, he did not receive tithes but a stipend
- a clergyman who acts as assistant to or substitute for the rector of a parish at Communion
- (in the US) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
Word Origin for vicar
c.1300, from Old French vicaire, from Latin vicarius "substitute, deputy," noun use of adj. vicarius "substituting," from vicis "change, turn, office" (see vicarious). The original notion is of "earthly representative of God or Christ;" but also used in sense of "person acting as parish priest in place of a real parson" (early 14c.).
The original Vicar of Bray (in figurative use from 1660s) seems to have been Simon Allen, who held the benefice from c.1540 to 1588, thus serving from the time of Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, and was twice a Catholic and twice a Protestant, but always vicar of Bray. The village is near Maidenhead in Berkshire.