[bish-uh p-rik]


the see, diocese, or office of a bishop.

Origin of bishopric

before 900; Middle English bisshoprike, Old English biscoprīce, equivalent to biscop bishop + rīce realm; see rich
Related formsun·der·bish·op·ric, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bishopric

see, diocese, episcopacy, episcopate

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British Dictionary definitions for bishopric



the see, diocese, or office of a bishop
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Word Origin and History for bishopric

Old English bisceoprice "diocese, province of a bishop," from bishop + rice "realm, dominion, province" (see regal).

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