[ vik-er-jen-er-uhl ]

noun,plural vic·ars-gen·er·al.
  1. Roman Catholic Church. a priest deputized by a bishop to assist him in the administration of a diocese.

  2. 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

Other words from vicar-general

  • vic·ar-gen·er·al·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for vicar general

vicar general

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

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