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)
Lenihan, vicar forane and missionary rector, of Marshalltown, Iowa, was appointed first Bishop of Great Falls, 20 May, and consecrated 21