diocese

noun di·o·cese \ ˈdī-ə-səs , -ˌsēs , -ˌsēz \

Definition of diocese

plural dioceses play \ˈdī-ə-sə-səz, -ˌsē-zəz, nonstandard ˈdī-ə-ˌsēz\
:the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

diocesan

play \dī-ˈä-sə-sən also ˈdī-ə-ˌsē-sᵊn\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology 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


DIOCESE Defined for English Language Learners

diocese

noun

Definition of diocese for English Language Learners

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


DIOCESE Defined for Kids

diocese

noun di·o·cese \ ˈdī-ə-səs , -ˌsēz \

Definition of diocese for Students

:the area that is under the authority of a bishop


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