Definition of diocese in English:


Syllabification: di·o·cese
Pronunciation: /ˈdīəsis, -ˌsēz, -ˌsēs

noun (plural dioceses)

A district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church.
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  • Nothing has been said about what would become of parishes, clergy, or dioceses in a church which walks apart.
  • That's one reason that there has been a spontaneous burst of energy in dioceses whose bishops are retiring.
  • Two parish priests in the dioceses of Lincoln and Southwark even provided dates for the ceremonies, which they agreed could take place in their own churches.


Middle English: from Old French diocise, from late Latin diocesis, from Latin dioecesis 'governor's jurisdiction, diocese', from Greek dioikēsis 'administration, diocese', from dioikein 'keep house, administer'.

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