- 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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Examples from the Web for vicar-general
They looked like a gorgeous escort attending the Vicar-General.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
I found Gama in conversation with the auditor sent by the Vicar-General.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Various nuns were reprimanded or punished in 1527 by the vicar-general.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey
The Vicar-General of Paris receives no more than 4,500 francs a year.France and the Republic
William Henry Hurlbert
There is one cura there, one sacristan, one vicar-general, and several priests.