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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vic·ar /ˈvɪkɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vic·ar n.
 1. One deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy.  [R.]
 2. Eng. Eccl. Law The incumbent of an appropriated benefice.
 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.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking
      2: (Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
      3: (Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest
         of a parish