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  1. vic·ar
    IPA[ˈvikər]
  2. noun

    • 1. (in the Roman Catholic Church) a representative or deputy of a bishop.

    • 2. (in the Episcopal Church) a member of the clergy in charge of a chapel.

    • 3. (in the Church of England) an incumbent of a parish where tithes formerly passed to a chapter or religious house or layman.

    • 4. (in other Anglican Churches) a member of the clergy deputizing for another.

    • 5. a cleric or choir member appointed to sing certain parts of a cathedral service.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: vicar, plural noun: vicars

    • noun

      (in the Church of England) an incumbent of a parish where tithes formerly passed to a chapter or religious house or layperson.

      (in other Anglican Churches) a member of the clergy deputizing for another.

    • noun

      an Anglican official serving as a deputy or assistant to a bishop or archbishop.

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a bishop's representative in matters of jurisdiction or administration.

    • noun

      a Roman Catholic missionary.

      a titular bishop.

    • noun

      an Anglican official serving as a deputy or assistant to a bishop or archbishop.

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a bishop's representative in matters of jurisdiction or administration.

    • noun

      a Roman Catholic missionary.

      a titular bishop.

    • noun

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a title of the Pope.
    • the protagonist of an 18th-century song who kept his benefice from Charles II's reign to George I's by changing his beliefs to suit the times. The song is apparently based on an anecdote about an unidentified vicar of Bray, Berkshire, in Thomas Fuller's Worthies of England (1662).
    • noun

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a title of the Pope.
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