diocese[dī′ə sis, -sēz′]
the district under a bishop's jurisdiction
Origin of dioceseMiddle English and amp; Old French diocise ; from Classical Latin diocesis, district, government (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin diocese) ; from Classical Greek dioikēsis, administration ; from dioikein, to keep house ; from dia-, through + oikos, a house: see eco-
The district or churches under the jurisdiction of a bishop; a bishopric.
Origin of dioceseMiddle English diocise, from Old French, from Late Latin diocēsis, from Latin dioecēsis, jurisdiction, from Greek dioikēsis, administration, from dioikein, to keep house, administer : dia-, intensive pref.; see dia– + oikein, to inhabit (from oikos, house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots).