noun par·ish \ˈper-ish, ˈpa-rish\

: an area that has its own local church and priest or minister

: the group of people who go to the church in a particular area

: an area in Louisiana that is like a county

Full Definition of PARISH

a (1) :  the ecclesiastical unit of area committed to one pastor (2) :  the residents of such an area
b British :  a subdivision of a county often coinciding with an original ecclesiastical parish and constituting the unit of local government
:  a local church community composed of the members or constituents of a Protestant church
:  a civil division of the state of Louisiana corresponding to a county in other states

Examples of PARISH

  1. The parish will be getting a new priest soon.
  2. The parish has grown significantly in the last three years.

Origin of PARISH

Middle English parisshe, from Anglo-French paroche, parosse, from Late Latin parochia, from Late Greek paroikia, from paroikos Christian, from Greek, stranger, from para- + oikos house — more at vicinity
First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with PARISH

PARISH Defined for Kids


noun par·ish \ˈper-ish\

Definition of PARISH for Kids

:  a section of a church district under the care of a priest or minister
:  the people who attend a particular church
:  a division in the state of Louisiana that is similar to a county in other states


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