noun, plural vicars apostolic.
Roman Catholic Church. a titular bishop serving either in a district where no episcopal see has been established, or in one where the succession of bishops has been interrupted.
Ecclesiastical History. an archbishop, bishop, or other ecclesiastic to whom the pope delegated a portion of his jurisdiction.
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Also called apostolic vicar .
Origin of vicar apostolic
First recorded in 1760–70
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Example sentences from the Web for vicar apostolic
Laval, the first vicar-apostolic of New France, arrived in Quebec in 1659.
British Dictionary definitions for vicar apostolic
RC Church a titular bishop having jurisdiction in non-Catholic or missionary countries where the normal hierarchy has not yet been established
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