[ vahys-jeer-uhnt ]
/ vaɪsˈdʒɪər ənt /
Save This Word!


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.



Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for vicegerent

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 of vicegerent

vicegeral, adjectivevicegerency, noun

Word Origin for vicegerent

C16: from New Latin vicegerēns, from vice ³ + Latin gerere to manage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012