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ˈvɪk ərvicar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vicarnoun

    a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman

  2. vicarnoun

    (Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel

  3. vicarnoun

    (Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish


  1. vicarnoun

    In the Church of England, the priest of a parish, receiving a salary or stipend but not tithes.

  2. vicarnoun

    In the Roman Catholic and some other churches, a cleric acting as local representative of a higher ranking member of the clergy.

  3. vicarnoun

    A person acting on behalf of, or is representing another person.

  4. Etymology: Latin vicārius "vicarious, substitute"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vicarnoun

    one deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy

  2. Vicarnoun

    the incumbent of an appropriated benefice

  3. Etymology: [OE. vicar, viker, vicair, F. vicaire, fr. L. vicarius. See Vicarious.]


  1. Vicar

    A vicar is a representative, deputy or substitute; anyone acting "in the person of" or agent for a superior. In this sense, the title is comparable to lieutenant. Linguistically, vicar is the root of the English prefix "vice", similarly meaning "deputy". The title appears in a number of Christian ecclesiastical contexts, but also as an administrative title, or title modifier, in the Roman Empire. In addition, in the Holy Roman Empire a local representative of the emperor, perhaps an archduke, might be styled "vicar".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vicar

    vik′ar, n. one who holds authority as the delegate or substitute of another: a parson of a parish where the tithes are impropriate to a layman or to a chapter, he receiving only the smaller tithes or a salary: (R.C. Church) a bishop's assistant who exercises jurisdiction in his name.—ns. Vic′arāge, the benefice or residence of a vicar; Vic′ar-apostol′ic (formerly one to whom the pope delegated some remote portion of his jurisdiction), now usually a titular bishop appointed to a country where either no sees have been formed or the episcopal succession has been broken; Vic′ar-chō′ral, an assistant, cleric or lay, at an English cathedral, esp. in connection with the music; Vic′ar-forāne′, an ecclesiastic to whom a bishop gives a limited jurisdiction in a town or district of his diocese—in effect, a rural dean; Vic′ar-gen′eral, an official performing the work of an archdeacon under the bishop: in the English Church, an officer assisting the bishop, the chancellor of the diocese.—adjs. Vīcā′rial, pertaining to a vicar: substituted; Vīcā′riāte, having vicarious or delegated power.—n. (also Vic′arāte) vicarship, delegated power.—adj. Vīcā′rious, filling the place of another: performed or suffered in place of or for the sake of another.—adv. Vīcā′riously.—ns. Vīcā′riousness; Vīcā′rius, a vicar; Vic′arship, the office of a vicar; Vic′ary, a vicarage.—Vicarious sacrifice (theol.), the suffering of Christ accepted by God in lieu of the punishment to which guilty man is liable.—Vicar-of-Bray, one who turns his coat without difficulty to suit the times—from Simon Aleyn, who kept the vicarage of Bray from 1540 to 1588, during the reigns of Henry VIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth; Vicar of Christ, a title assumed by the pope, who claims to be the representative of Christ on earth as the head of His Church. [L. vicarius, supplying the place of another—vicis, change, alternation.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Vicar

    From the Latin vicarius, in place of another. See “Rector.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vicar in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vicar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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