from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A diocese of an Eastern Orthodox Church.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. one of the districts of the Roman Empire at the third echelon
- n. one of the administrative sub-provincial units of post-Ottoman independent Greece
- n. in pre-schism Christian Church, name for a province under the supervision of the metropolitan
- n. in Eastern Christendom, diocese of a bishop
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A province, prefecture, or territory, under the jurisdiction of an eparch or governor; esp., in modern Greece, one of the larger subdivisions of a monarchy or province of the kingdom; in Russia, a diocese or archdiocese.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient Greece, a province, prefecture, or territory under the jurisdiction of an eparch or governor; in modern Greece, a subdivision of a nomarchy or province, itself divided into demes, corresponding to the arrondissements and communes of France.
- n. In the early church and in the Gr. Ch., an ecclesiastical division answering to the civil province.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diocese of the Eastern Orthodox Church
- n. a province in ancient Greece
Greek eparkhiā, provincial government, from eparkhein, to rule over : ep-, epi-, epi- + arkhein, to rule.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐπαρχία (eparkhía). (Wiktionary)