Church of England. a person acting as priest of a parish in place of the rector, or as representative of a religious community to which tithes belong. the priest of a parish the tithes of which are impropriated and who receives only the smaller tithes or a salary.
Protestant Episcopal Church. a member of the clergy whose sole or chief charge is a chapel dependent on the church of a parish. a bishop's assistant in charge of a church or mission.
Roman Catholic Church. an ecclesiastic representing the pope or a bishop.
a person who acts in place of another; substitute.
a person who is authorized to perform the functions of another; deputy: God's vicar on earth.