- 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.
Origin of vicar-general
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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- an official, usually a layman, appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese in discharging his administrative or judicial duties