from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The priest of a parish in the Church of England who receives a stipend or salary but does not receive the tithes of a parish.
- n. A cleric in charge of a chapel in the Episcopal Church of the United States.
- n. A cleric acting in the place of a rector or bishop in the Anglican Communion generally.
- n. Roman Catholic Church A priest who acts for or represents another, often higher-ranking member of the clergy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In the Church of England, the priest of a parish, receiving a salary or stipend but not tithes.
- n. In the Roman Catholic and some other churches, a cleric acting as local representative of a higher ranking member of the clergy.
- n. A person acting on behalf of, or is representing another person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy.
- n. The incumbent of an appropriated benefice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office: as, the Pope claims to be vicar of Jesus Christ on earth.
- n. In English ecclesiastical law, the priest of a parish the tithes of which belong to a chapter or religious house, or to a layman, and who receives only the smaller tithes or a salary.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, an ecclesiastic assisting a bishop and exercising jurisdiction in his name.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
- n. (Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish
- n. a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman
Middle English, from Old French vicaire, from Latin vicārius, vicarious, a substitute, from vicis, genitive of *vix, change; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vicārius "vicarious, substitute" (Wiktionary)