diocese

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

Definition of diocese

plural

dioceses

play \ˈdī-ə-sə-səz, -ˌsē-zəz, ÷ˈdī-ə-ˌsēz\
  1. :  the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

diocesan

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

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


First Known Use: 14th century


DIOCESE Defined for English Language Learners

diocese

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

Definition of diocese for English Language Learners

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


DIOCESE Defined for Kids

diocese

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noun di·o·cese \ˈdī-ə-səs, -ˌsēz\

Definition of diocese for Students

  1. :  the area that is under the authority of a bishop



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