[ dahy-uh-sis, -seez, -sees ]
/ ˈdaɪ ə sɪs, -ˌsiz, -ˌsis /


an ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.

Origin of diocese

1300–50; Middle English diocise, diocese < Anglo-French < Late Latin diocēsis, variant of Late Latin, Latin dioecēsis, < Greek dioíkēsis housekeeping, administration, province, diocese, equivalent to dioikē-, variant stem of dioikeîn to keep house, administer, govern (di- di-3 + oikeîn to dwell, occupy, manage, derivative of oîkos house) + -sis -sis
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/ (ˈdaɪəsɪs) /


the district under the jurisdiction of a bishop

Word Origin for diocese

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin diocēsis, from Greek dioikēsis administration, from dioikein to manage a household, from oikos house
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