The vicar of this parish.
The definition of a vicar is a religious official who acts in place of another, or the priest of a Church of England parish, or a minister in charge of an Episcopalian chapel in the United States.
A priest who acts for a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church is an example of a vicar.
- Archaic a person who acts in place of another; deputy
- Anglican Ch. a parish priest who is not a rector and receives a stipend instead of the tithes
- Episcopal Ch. a minister in charge of a chapel
- a church officer acting as a deputy of a bishop
- the pope, regarded as earthly representative of Christin full Vicar of (Jesus) Christ
Origin of vicarMiddle English ; from Old French vicaire ; from Classical Latin vicarius, origin, originally , vicarious ; from an unverified form vix (gen. vicis), a change, alteration ; from Indo-European an unverified form weik-, to bend, change: see weak
- a. An Anglican parish priest in a parish where historically someone other than the priest was entitled to the tithes.b. A cleric in charge of a chapel in the Episcopal Church of the United States.
- An Anglican or Roman Catholic cleric who acts for or represents another, often higher-ranking member of the clergy.
Origin of vicarMiddle English, from Old French vicaire, from Latin vicārius, vicarious, a substitute, from vicis, genitive of *vix, change; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Latin vicÄrius (“vicarious, substitute").