Definition of eparchy in English:


nounplural noun eparchies

  • A province of the Orthodox Church.

    ‘Of the 195 U.S. dioceses and eparchies (Eastern Rite dioceses), 194 took part in the audit and 181 participated in the survey.’
    • ‘Seven dioceses and eparchies, which are dioceses of the Eastern Catholic Churches, were not in compliance by year's end.’
    • ‘It is the first report card on how each U.S. diocese or eparchy is carrying out the bishops' 2002 Charter.’
    • ‘Excavations have uncovered a Catholic monastery dating back to the 15th - 17th centuries, which was the seat of Sofia's Catholic eparchy at that time.’
    • ‘I'm a bit surprised that this stuff is tolerated in a Byzantine rite eparchy.’



/ˈepˌärkē/ /ˈɛpˌɑrki/


Late 18th century from Greek eparkhia, from eparkhos (see eparch).