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vicar fo·rane(fô-rān′, fō-)
n. pl. vicars forane Roman Catholic Church
A priest who by a bishop's appointment exercises limited jurisdiction over the clergy in a district of a diocese.
[vicar + Late Latin forāneus, living away, foreign; see foreign.]
n, pl vicars forane
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a priest or bishop appointed by the ordinary of the diocese to exercise a limited jurisdiction in a locality at some distance from the ordinary's official see
[forane, from Late Latin forāneus in a foreign land, from Latin forās outside]
a. the head of faculty in a university or college.
b. the head of a theological school.
c. an official in a university or college in charge of discipline, counseling, or admissions.
a. the head of a cathedral or a collegiate church.
b. a priest in the Roman Catholic or Anglican Church appointed by a bishop to take care of the affairs of a division of a diocese.
3. the senior member, in length of service, of any profession, field, etc.: the dean of American composers.
[1300–50; Middle English deen < Old French deien < Late Latin decānus chief of ten = Latin dec(em) ten + -ānus -an1]
James (Byron), 1931–55, U.S. actor.