[ vahys-jeer-uh nt ]
/ vaɪsˈdʒɪər ənt /


an officer appointed as deputy by and to a sovereign or supreme chief.
a deputy in general.


exercising delegated powers.
characterized by delegation of powers.

Origin of vicegerent

1530–40; < New Latin vicegerent- (stem of vicegerēns managing instead of), equivalent to Latin vice (see vice3) + gerent- (stem of gerēns, present participle of gerere to carry on, conduct); see -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vicegerent


/ (ˌvaɪsˈdʒɛrənt) /


a person appointed to exercise all or some of the authority of another, esp the administrative powers of a ruler; deputy
RC Church the Pope or any other representative of God or Christ on earth, such as a bishop


invested with or characterized by delegated authority

Derived Forms

vicegeral, adjectivevicegerency, noun

Word Origin for vicegerent

C16: from New Latin vicegerēns, from vice ³ + Latin gerere to manage
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