noun (plural dioceses)
A district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church.
More example sentences
- 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'.