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

  • n. The position, term, or office of a bishop.
  • n. The area of jurisdiction of a bishop; a diocese.
  • n. Bishops considered as a group. Also called episcopacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Bishops seen as a group.
  • n. The tenure in office of a bishop.
  • n. A bishop's jurisdiction, the extent of his diocese.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bishopric; the office and dignity of a bishop.
  • n. The collective body of bishops.
  • n. The time of a bishop's rule.
  • intransitive v. To act as a bishop; to fill the office of a prelate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act as a bishop; fill the office of a prelate.
  • n. The office and dignity of a bishop; a bishopric.
  • n. The incumbency of a bishop.
  • n. The order of bishops; the episcopal institution; a body of bishops.

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

  • n. the office and dignity of a bishop
  • n. the collective body of bishops
  • n. the term of office of a bishop
  • n. the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

Etymologies

Late Latin episcop─ütus, from episcopus, bishop; see bishop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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