the district under a bishop's jurisdiction
Origin of dioceseMiddle English and Old French diocise from Classical Latin diocesis, district, government (in LL(Ec), diocese) from Classical Greek dioik?sis, 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.)
OriginSee also: diocèse
From Old French diocese, from Latin dioecēsis (“district under a governor”), from Ancient Greek διοίκησις (dioikēsis, “internal administration”)