The wird diocese is derived frae the Greek term διοίκησις meanin "admeenistration". Whan nou used in an ecclesiastical sense, it refers tae an admeenistrative territorial entity. In the Wastren Kirk, the destrict is unner the superveesion o a beeshop (that mey hae assistant beeshops tae help him or her) and is dividit intae pairishes unner the care o priests; but in the Eastren Kirk, the wird denotes the aurie unner the jurisdiction o a patriarch an the beeshops unner his jurisdiction admeenister pairishes.
- Cross, F.L. & Livingstone, E.A. "Diocese" in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church OUP (1974)