Definition of diocesan in English:


Syllabification: di·oc·e·san
Pronunciation: /dīˈäsisən


  • Of or concerning a diocese.
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    • Each local context requires creative action that enables parish and diocesan leaders to promote a sense of belonging and ownership among Latinas and Latinos.
    • As I look back on decades of chairing parish and diocesan meetings, the book's purpose hits home.
    • Diocesan newspapers do not broadcast weaknesses in diocesan procedures or policies.


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  • The bishop of a diocese.
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    • Since 1704 the chief bishop of the Anglican church, designated the Primus, is elected from among the Scottish diocesans.
    • Although the financial arrangements are kept under constant review, it is expected that the diocesan's obligations will continue for many years.
    • Its Diocesan is Archbishop Gregorios, who resides in London.


late Middle English: from French diocésain, from medieval Latin diocesanus, from Latin dioecesis (see diocese).

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