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[vahy-kair-ee-it, -eyt, vi-]
  1. the office or authority of a vicar.
  2. the district presided over by a vicar.
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Also vicarate.

Origin of vicariate

1600–10; < Medieval Latin vicāriātus, equivalent to Latin vicāri(us) vicar + -ātus -ate3
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Examples from the Web for vicariate

Historical Examples of vicariate

  • Nothing but the Vicariate of the whole of the Dark Continent for this young man.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • Shanghai and Zikawei form the center of the Vicariate of Kiang-nan.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • With a few companions from her own Vicariate, she began the foundation of Mexico in 1882.

  • The vicariate is divided into fourteen districts, half of which are in Formosa.

  • The very extent and limits of the vicariate were, as yet, unknown; and MM.

British Dictionary definitions for vicariate


  1. Also called: vicarship (ˈvɪkəʃɪp) the office, rank, or authority of a vicar
  2. the district that a vicar holds as his pastoral charge
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