from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office, duties, or term of office of a curate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The office or position of a curate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office or employment of a curate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or employment of a curate.
  • n. The condition or office of a guardian; guardianship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the position of a curate


cura(te)1 + -cy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From curate +‎ -acy. (Wiktionary)


  • His curacy was a post to be occupied by some feebler man than Felix; a man whose powers were only equal to the quiet work of carrying on the labors begun by his rector.

    Cobwebs and Cables

  • We knew Fr John Tolkien, son of J R R Tolkien, during his curacy at the English Martyrs, Birmingham, a parish with more than 7,000 parishioners.

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  • The Brontës 'father, the Reverend Patrick Brontë, had come a long way from a two-room cottage in Drumballyroney in County Down to study theology at St John's College, Cambridge, and then be appointed to a perpetual curacy in Haworth.

    Great dynasties of the world: The Brontës

  • Deprived of the income and home Thomas Moore's curacy had provided, Mary and her children went to live with her widowed mother in Peterborough.

    Frances Brooke (1724-1789)

  • After his first studies at Emmanuel and his immediate post-ordination posting, Charlie left Cambridge only for a brief curacy in Rugby.

    Sermon for the Life and Work of the Revd Prof CFD Moule

  • About the epoch of the coronation, some petty affair connected with his curacy — just what, is not precisely known — took him to Paris.

    Les Miserables

  • The larger the diocese of the patron, the fatter the curacy for the favorite.

    Les Miserables

  • David remained in the UK and served his curacy at Great St Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge whilst also becoming a chaplain at Girton College in the university from 1976-1979.

    Archbishop Names New Representative to the Holy See

  • Watkins Tottle incurred the sin of wishing that the ashes of the Reverend Charles Timson were quietly deposited in the churchyard of his curacy, wherever it might be.

    Sketches by Boz

  • The day before I was to move house for my curacy here in Durham, my computer went out on me.

    Computer Issues and a New Home


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