ep·​ar·​chy | \ ˈe-ˌpär-kē How to pronounce eparchy (audio) \
plural eparchies

Definition of eparchy

: a diocese of an Eastern church

Examples of eparchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Forty-one dioceses and eparchies covering over 9 million Catholics in the United States still have not released lists. Ellis Simani, ProPublica, "We Assembled the Only Nationwide Database of Priests Deemed Credibly Accused of Abuse. Here’s How.," 28 Jan. 2010

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First Known Use of eparchy

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eparchy

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

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“Eparchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eparchy. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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