adjective pa·ro·chi·al \pə-ˈrō-kē-əl\

: of or relating to a church parish and the area around it

: limited to only the things that affect your local area

Full Definition of PAROCHIAL

:  of or relating to a church parish
:  of or relating to a parish as a unit of local government
:  confined or restricted as if within the borders of a parish :  limited in range or scope (as to a narrow area or region) :  provincial, narrow
pa·ro·chi·al·ly \-kē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of PAROCHIAL

  1. our pastor and other parochial leaders
  2. voters worried about their own parochial concerns
  3. It has never been clearer that the country's best self is a global inheritance, its worst a parochial self-certainty. —Jedediah Purdy, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009


Middle English parochiall, from Anglo-French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis, from parochia parish — more at parish
First Known Use: 14th century

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