Meaning of “diocese” in the English Dictionary

"diocese" in English

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diocesenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdaɪ.ə.sɪs/ us /ˈdaɪ.ə.sɪs/ plural dioceses
adjective uk /daɪˈɒs.ɪ.zən/ us /daɪˈɑː.sə.zən/

Examples from literature

  • He was ordained by the bishop of the diocese as soon after as possible. 
  • I will resign the diocese. 
  • It was only very gradually that these dioceses acquired legislative independence and a determinate organization. 
  • Nine-tenths of the clergy in the diocese would be guided by him in any matter of clerical conduct which might come before him. 
  • There were religious disputes in the diocese too, and they shook me. 

(Definition of “diocese” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"diocese" in American English

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diocesenoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɑɪ·ə·səs, -ˌsiz, -ˌsis/

(in the Roman Catholic Church) the area that is under the control of a bishop (= priest of high rank)

adjective [ not gradable ] us /dɑɪˈɑs·ə·sən, -zən/

(Definition of “diocese” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)