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[suh-bur-bi-kair-ee-uh n]
  1. being near the city of Rome.
  2. designating any of the dioceses surrounding the city of Rome, each of which is under the jurisdiction of a cardinal-bishop.
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Origin of suburbicarian

1645–55; < Late Latin suburbicāri(us) (Latin suburb(ium) suburb + -ic(us) -ic + -ārius -ary) + -an
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Historical Examples

  • Cardinal bishops are the bishops of suburbicarian churches, situated in the immediate neighbourhood of Rome.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3


British Dictionary definitions for suburbicarian


  1. RC Church situated near the city of Rome: used esp of the dioceses surrounding Rome
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Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin suburbicārius, from suburbium suburb
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