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

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A priest who by a bishop's appointment exercises limited jurisdiction over the clergy in a district of a diocese.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dignitary or parish priest appointed by a bishop to exercise a limited jurisdiction in a particular town or district of a diocese.


vicar + Late Latin forāneus, living away, foreign; see foreign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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