[ vik-er-jen-er-uhl ]
/ ˈvɪk ərˈdʒɛn ər əl /
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noun, plural vic·ars-gen·er·al.

Roman Catholic Church. a priest deputized by a bishop to assist him in the administration of a diocese.
Church of England. an ecclesiastical officer, usually a layperson, who assists a bishop or an archbishop in the discharge of his judicial or administrative duties.



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Origin of vicar-general

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
vic·ar-gen·er·al·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vicar-general

vicar general

noun plural vicars general

an official, usually a layman, appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese in discharging his administrative or judicial duties
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