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parish

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noun par·ish \ˈper-ish, ˈpa-rish\

Simple Definition of parish

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a local church community composed of the members or constituents of a Protestant church

  3. 3 :  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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PARISH Defined for Kids

parish

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noun par·ish \ˈper-ish\

Definition of parish

  1. 1 :  a section of a church district under the care of a priest or minister

  2. 2 :  the people who attend a particular church

  3. 3 :  a division in the state of Louisiana that is similar to a county in other states





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