Definition of provisor in English:


Line breaks: pro|visor
Pronunciation: /prəˈvʌɪzə


  • 1(In the Roman Catholic Church) a deputy of a bishop or archbishop.
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    • When it is said that the outside vicars depend immediately on the vicars-general or provisors, one must not, under any consideration, understand that the latter constitute an authority or jurisdiction intermediate between the outside vicar and the archbishop.
    • 1351 - In England, Parliament passed the Statute of Provisors. The Pope had been in the habit of appointing ‘provisors’ to benefices (church offices that provided income without necessarily requiring work) in England.
  • 2 Christian Church , • historical The holder of a provision.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French provisour, from Latin provisor, from provis- 'provided' (see provision).

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