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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman;

2. (Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel;

3. (Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vicar \Vic"ar\ (v[i^]k"[~e]r), n. [OE. vicar, viker, vicair, F. vicaire, fr. L. vicarius. See Vicarious.] 1. One deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Eccl. Law) The incumbent of an appropriated benefice. [1913 Webster] Note: The distinction between a parson [or rector] and vicar is this: The parson has, for the most part, the whole right to the ecclesiastical dues in his parish; but a vicar has generally an appropriator over him, entitled to the best part of the profits, to whom he is in fact perpetual curate with a standing salary. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] Apostolic vicar, or Vicar apostolic. (R. C. Ch.) (a) A bishop to whom the Roman pontiff delegates a portion of his jurisdiction. (b) Any ecclesiastic acting under a papal brief, commissioned to exercise episcopal authority. (c) A titular bishop in a country where there is no episcopal see, or where the succession has been interrupted. Vicar forane. [Cf. LL. foraneus situated outside of the episcopal city, rural. See Vicar, and Foreign.] (R. C. Ch.) A dignitary or parish priest appointed by a bishop to exercise a limited jurisdiction in a particular town or district of a diocese. --Addis & Arnold. Vicar-general. (a) (Ch. of Eng.) The deputy of the Archbishop of Canterbury or York, in whose court the bishops of the province are confirmed. --Encyc. Brit. (b) (R. C. Ch.) An assistant to a bishop in the discharge of his official functions. Vicar of Jesus Christ (R. C. Ch.), the pope as representing Christ on earth. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

vicar n 1: a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman 2: (Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel 3: (Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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