diocese


diocese
noun (plural dioceses) Etymology: Middle English diocise, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin diocesis, alteration of dioecesis, from Latin, administrative division, from Greek dioikēsis administration, administrative division, from dioikein to keep house, govern, from dia- + oikein to dwell, manage, from oikos house — more at vicinity Date: 14th century the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop • diocesan adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, , , (of a bishop)