Church of England.
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.
Protestant Episcopal Church.
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.
Roman Catholic Church. an ecclesiastic representing the pope or a bishop.
a person who acts in place of another; substitute.
a person who is authorized to perform the functions of another; deputy: God's vicar on earth.
- vic·ar·ship, noun
- sub·vic·ar, noun
- sub·vic·ar·ship, noun
- un·der·vic·ar, noun
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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 | THE 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 | THE 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 Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The living (value £250) is in the gift of trustees, and is now held by the Rev. M. Parker, vicar.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Conny stepped smilingly forward, and proceeded to affix the band around the vicar's massive throat.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
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.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
British Dictionary definitions for vicar
Church of England
(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
RC Church a bishop or priest representing the pope or the ordinary of a diocese and exercising a limited jurisdiction
Also called: lay vicar, vicar choral Church of England a member of a cathedral choir appointed to sing certain parts of the services
a person appointed to do the work of another
- vicarly, adjective
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