- 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.
Origin of vicar
Related Words for vicarpastor, cleric, clergyman, deputy, substitute, lieutenant, priest, minister, ecclesiastic, proxy, vicegerent
Examples from the Web for vicar
Contemporary Examples of vicar
This woman attacked the vicar throughout the dinner party, for not being Christian enough.Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview
September 23, 2013
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
October 3, 2012
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.Please Shut Up
March 12, 2012
Historical Examples of vicar
Katharine, dear, are you going to the vicar's garden party this afternoon?Viviette
William J. Locke
Mrs. Cambray put in a word of hope and fear about Vicar's Dale.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Get me the rector of the parish—a vicar, a curate, something of that sort.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The young men had their House of Commons, with their vicar as Speaker.
I succeeded him as vicar, remaining there from 1870 to 1880.
- (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.