Origin: OE. Diocise, OF. Diocise, F. Diocese, L. Dioecesis, fr. Gr. Housekeeping, administration, a province, a diocese, fr. To keep house, manage; through + to manage a household, a house. See Economy.

The circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority. [Frequently, but improperly, spelt diocess.

(01 Mar 1998)