- 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 in which tithes were formerly transferred to a religious house, chapter, or layperson, the priest receiving 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.
Origin of vicar
OTHER WORDS FROM vicarvic·ar·ship, nounsub·vic·ar, nounsub·vic·ar·ship, nounun·der·vic·ar, noun
Words nearby vicar
How to use vicar in a sentence
I heard a story the other day of a neighbor of mine, who was at a dinner party with the local vicar, who is an extremely nice man.
This woman attacked the vicar throughout the dinner party, for not being Christian enough.
It's too early to say how the new vicar of Rome will fare in these hostile times.‘Viva Papa Francisco!’ Brazil Celebrates Pope’s Trip|Mac Margolis|July 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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 Mrs. Dodd, the present vicar's wife, retained the precious prerogative of choosing the book to be read at the monthly Dorcas.
The living (value £250) is in the gift of trustees, and is now held by the Rev. M. Parker, Vicar.
Conny stepped smilingly forward, and proceeded to affix the band around the vicar's massive throat.
The vicar's wife, still slightly discomposed, launched out into some parochial matter she had wished to mention to him.Uncanny Tales|Various
He was released soon after Christmas, and another Vicar filleth his place.
British Dictionary definitions for vicar
- (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