- an administrative deputy, as of a bishop or of the general superior of a religious order, society, etc.
- in English history, the title given to Thomas Cromwell as vicegerent of Henry VIII
Origin of vicar-generalMiddle English vicare generale ; from Medieval Latin vicarius generalis: see vicar and amp; general
nounpl. vicars general
- Roman Catholic Church a. A priest acting as deputy to a bishop to assist him in the administration of his diocese.b. An assistant to the head of a religious order.
- An ecclesiastical official in the Church of England, usually a layperson, who assists an archbishop or a bishop in administrative and judicial duties.