episcopate

noun
epis·co·pate | \i-ˈpi-skə-pət, -ˌpāt\

Definition of episcopate 

1 : the rank or office of or term of as a bishop

2 : diocese

3 : the body of bishops (as in a country)

First Known Use of episcopate

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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