noun \ˈdī-ə-səs, -ˌsēs, -ˌsēz\

: the area that is controlled by a bishop in a Christian church

plural di·o·ces·es\ˈdī-ə-sə-səz, -ˌsē-zəz, ÷ˈdī-ə-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of DIOCESE

:  the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
di·oc·e·san \dī-ˈä-sə-sən also ˈdī-ə-ˌsē-sən\ adjective

Origin of DIOCESE

Middle English diocise, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin diocesis, alteration of dioecesis, from Latin, administrative division, from Greek dioikēsis administration, administrative division, from dioikein to keep house, govern, from dia- + oikein to dwell, manage, from oikos house — more at vicinity
First Known Use: 14th century


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