Definition of vicariate in English:



  • 1The office or authority of a vicar.

    • ‘It is difficult to know how well the urban vicariate of Baltimore reflects the behavior and attitudes of parishioners outside the study population.’
    • ‘The British vicariate could be an important stage in a fully professional career, and the men in the post of whom we know were not mediocrities.’
    • ‘As churchman, he upheld ecclesiastical discipline in Italy and Dalmatia, maintained authority in the vicariate of Illyricum, restructured the dioceses of his dwindling patriarchate, and laboured to convert Jews and pagan rustics.’
    1. 1.1A church or parish ministered to by a vicar.
      • ‘The diocese now has five vicariates (Ooty, Coonoor, Gudalur, Sathy and Thalavady).’
      • ‘He urged Church reform on the Merovingians, reviving the vicariate of Arles at their request.’
      • ‘Last January our relatively new archbishop began a series of meetings in each vicariate with the priests, deacons, religious, and parishioners.’