arch·​di·​o·​cese | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce archdiocese (audio) , -ˌsēs, -ˌsēz \
plural archdioceses\ (ˌ)ärch-​ˈdī-​ə-​sə-​səz How to pronounce archdiocese (audio) , -​ˌsē-​zəz , -​ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of archdiocese

: the diocese of an archbishop

Other Words from archdiocese

archdiocesan \ ˌärch-​dī-​ˈä-​sə-​sən How to pronounce archdiocese (audio) also  -​ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsē-​sᵊn \ adjective

Examples of archdiocese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The archdiocese is one of several New Orleans institutions, including Xavier University, that worked with AECOM, an engineering firm, following the storm. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Moloney was asked to step down by the archdiocese on June 9 after outrage over the message. Fox News, 8 Nov. 2021 The archdiocese sold it in 1975, when it was nearly torn down for a parking lot for the hotel next door. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2021 The court noted that the archdiocese had established such a program, called Safeguard the Children, in 2002. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 The archdiocese said that law enforcement was notified and announcement about the allegation made at all weekend Masses. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Long term, the archdiocese is looking to consolidate the remaining four parishes in Southington by building a new church with a capacity of more than 1,000. Don Stacom,, 28 Sep. 2021 The New Orleans archdiocese says the decision to receive a vaccine is one of individual conscience. Kevin Mcgill, ajc, 2 Mar. 2021 As such, Biden received Communion in the pope's archdiocese. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of archdiocese

1762, in the meaning defined above

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“Archdiocese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of archdiocese

: the area an archbishop is in charge of : the diocese of an archbishop

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