Definition of diocesan in US English:



  • Of or concerning a diocese.

    • ‘But in the present climate, his testimony and that of diocesan attorneys just won't suffice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The documents issuing from Rome and diocesan offices come across as totally abstract and divorced from real life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How do we strive for justice and peace in our work with these minority groups in our seminary and diocesan community?’
    • ‘It seems to me that it's been a long time since that was a working metaphor among diocesan clergy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each local context requires creative action that enables parish and diocesan leaders to promote a sense of belonging and ownership among Latinas and Latinos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time, diocesan leaders must work especially hard to make clear the differences between a Mass and a Communion service.’
    • ‘In ten years, diocesan leaders have shrunk the number of parishes from 194 to 175.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So who insures compliance with diocesan policies?’
    • ‘In the 1960s I wrote a Catholic column syndicated to ten diocesan newspapers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As I look back on decades of chairing parish and diocesan meetings, the book's purpose hits home.’
    • ‘According to Haines, some 50 people followed Dixon, who was accompanied by several diocesan officials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Diocesan newspapers do not broadcast weaknesses in diocesan procedures or policies.’
    • ‘A good deal has been written about the need for accountability and transparency in diocesan transactions, financial and managerial.’


  • The bishop of a diocese.

    • ‘Although the financial arrangements are kept under constant review, it is expected that the diocesan's obligations will continue for many years.’
    • ‘Since 1704 the chief bishop of the Anglican church, designated the Primus, is elected from among the Scottish diocesans.’
    • ‘Its Diocesan is Archbishop Gregorios, who resides in London.’
    • ‘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.'’


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