[vahys-jeer-uh nt]


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

Examples from the Web for vicegerent

Historical Examples of vicegerent

  • Gentlemen, the King is the vicegerent of God, and has no superior.

  • Mark, O assembled people, the infinite mercy of the Vicegerent of Allah!


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • He demanded of his Vicegerent what remedy he had to suggest, and Cromwell had none.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • He brought with him a vicario, or vicegerent, and a doctor of laws.

  • The bishop is regarded by the Catholics as the Vicegerent of Heaven.

British Dictionary definitions for vicegerent



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 Formsvicegeral, adjectivevicegerency, noun

Word Origin for vicegerent

C16: from New Latin vicegerēns, from vice ³ + Latin gerere to manage
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Word Origin and History for vicegerent

1530s, from Medieval Latin vicegerentem (nominative vicegerens), from Latin vicem "stead, place, office," (see vicarious) + gerens, present participle of gerere "to carry" (see gest). From 1570s as an adjective.

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