Definition of diocesan in English:



  • Of or concerning a diocese.

    • ‘Each local context requires creative action that enables parish and diocesan leaders to promote a sense of belonging and ownership among Latinas and Latinos.’
    • ‘It would be reassuring if a sample of these diocesan reports could actually be audited by outsiders, and a closer look taken in cases that seem to be statistically unlikely.’
    • ‘Many chapters have opened lines of communication with diocesan officials in an effort to find common ground but, in many ways, the rifts have only grown deeper.’
    • ‘At the same time, a life of dedicated celibacy would be properly respected and maintained in religious life and among those diocesan clergy who freely choose it.’
    • ‘Diocesan newspapers do not broadcast weaknesses in diocesan procedures or policies.’
    • ‘So who insures compliance with diocesan policies?’
    • ‘A good deal has been written about the need for accountability and transparency in diocesan transactions, financial and managerial.’
    • ‘The documents issuing from Rome and diocesan offices come across as totally abstract and divorced from real life.’
    • ‘In ten years, diocesan leaders have shrunk the number of parishes from 194 to 175.’
    • ‘Soon came the facsimile machine, and if there was not a machine at diocesan headquarters in Kenya, Ghana, or South Africa, there usually was one not far away.’
    • ‘According to Haines, some 50 people followed Dixon, who was accompanied by several diocesan officials.’
    • ‘But in the present climate, his testimony and that of diocesan attorneys just won't suffice.’
    • ‘In all likelihood there will be no universal template for diocesan statements, but they could all comply with a certain set of standards for intelligibility.’
    • ‘Delegates from diocesan councils shall be elected to a national assembly of Roman Catholics empowered to oversee the well-being of the church in Canada.’
    • ‘This too may have its drawbacks, but at least a local appointee will have a fair knowledge of clergy and people and a sense of diocesan needs.’
    • ‘At the same time, diocesan leaders must work especially hard to make clear the differences between a Mass and a Communion service.’
    • ‘How do we strive for justice and peace in our work with these minority groups in our seminary and diocesan community?’
    • ‘In the 1960s I wrote a Catholic column syndicated to ten diocesan newspapers.’
    • ‘As I look back on decades of chairing parish and diocesan meetings, the book's purpose hits home.’
    • ‘It seems to me that it's been a long time since that was a working metaphor among diocesan clergy.’


  • The bishop of a diocese.

    • ‘Archer also writes: 'What is clear is that the diocesan is unable to consult over names (except presumably with the primate of his province), which makes his role in the process unnecessarily difficult.'’
    • ‘Its Diocesan is Archbishop Gregorios, who resides in London.’
    • ‘Since 1704 the chief bishop of the Anglican church, designated the Primus, is elected from among the Scottish diocesans.’
    • ‘Although the financial arrangements are kept under constant review, it is expected that the diocesan's obligations will continue for many years.’


Late Middle English: from French diocésain, from medieval Latin diocesanus, from Latin dioecesis (see diocese).