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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office or rank of a bishop.
  • n. The diocese of a bishop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A diocese or region of a church which a bishop governs.
  • n. The office or function of being a bishop

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A diocese; the district over which the jurisdiction of a bishop extends.
  • n. The office of a spiritual overseer, as of an apostle, bishop, or presbyter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or dignity of a bishop.
  • n. The district over which the jurisdiction of a bishop extends; a diocese.
  • n. The charge of instructing and governing in spiritual concerns; overseership.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop


Middle English bishoprik, from Old English bisceoprīce, the diocese of a bishop : bisceop, bishop; see bishop + rīce, realm; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English bisceoprīċe, equivalent to bishop +‎ -ric (compare German Reich). (Wiktionary)



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  • Sounds like a unit of measurement - I suppose it is, in a way.

    May 25, 2009

  • the extremity most cited as the cause of the fall of what Milton called our "corrupted clergy"

    May 25, 2009

  • And I thought it was short for Bishop Richard.

    August 9, 2008