ep·​ar·​chy ˈe-ˌpär-kē How to pronounce eparchy (audio)
plural eparchies
: a diocese of an Eastern church

Examples of eparchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deacon Steve Wisnowski, a financial officer for the eparchy, said pastors and church managers used their rainy-day savings and that parishioners responded generously with donations. Michael Rezendes, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2020 Forty-one dioceses and eparchies covering over 9 million Catholics in the United States still have not released lists. Ellis Simani, ProPublica, 28 Jan. 2010

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Word History


Greek eparchia province, from eparchos prefect, from epi- + archos ruler — more at arch-

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eparchy was in 1796

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Cite this Entry

“Eparchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eparchy. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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