par·​ish | \ ˈper-ish How to pronounce parish (audio) , ˈpa-rish\

Definition of parish

1a(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 : a local church community composed of the members or constituents of a Protestant church
3 : a civil division of the state of Louisiana corresponding to a county in other states

Examples of parish in a Sentence

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

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Extending north from Cincinnati into west-central Ohio and east into Appalachia, the archdiocese has many small rural and sprawling suburban parishes that are overwhelmingly if not exclusively white. Mark Curnutte,, "'Racism is a pro-life issue': The Catholic Church's latest response to racism in America," 3 June 2018 Last year, the combined English and Spanish-speaking parish raised just over $5,000 in direct donations to Catholic Relief Services during Lent. Kate Morrissey,, "Lent collection money to benefit rebuilding in Haiti," 29 Mar. 2018 A mile and a half from the Roman Catholic parish, on a quiet residential street shaded by tall maple trees, a memorial of flowers, teddy bears and balloons fanned across the front lawn of the Trinidads home. New York Times, "Town Grieves for a Father and His Four Daughters," 8 July 2018 Addison does not appear to have any prior felony convictions in Orleans or Jefferson parishes, court records show. Laura Mcknight,, "New Orleans man accused in series of crimes targeting restaurants," 5 June 2018 The bandits' trail was picked up this morning by Hamer and three Texas Ranger associates in bossier parish, where the Rangers were joined by Jordon and a staff of deputies., "May 23, 1934: Bonnie and Clyde shot dead," 23 May 2018 By contrast, nobody described themselves as Muslim in 4,781 of the 11,000-odd parishes of England and Wales, at the last census. The Economist, "Britain’s rural Muslims are a minority within a minority," 17 May 2018 More than 500 volunteers from the parish helped out this year. Sun News Staff,, "St. Ambrose Parish volunteers help throughout Brunswick community: Photos," 23 Apr. 2018 The measure, authored by Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, allows each parish to approve fantasy sports gambling through the November ballot initiative. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana voters will decide on legalizing fantasy sports betting apps in November," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of parish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners 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
US : an area in Louisiana that is like a county


par·​ish | \ ˈper-ish How to pronounce parish (audio) \

Kids Definition of parish

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


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Legal Definition of parish

: a civil division of the state of Louisiana corresponding to a county in other states

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