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.
Recent Examples on the Web He has been involved with Our Lady of the Ridge since 1992, and his wife grew up in the parish. Bill Jones,, 19 Dec. 2021 Authorities in each parish identified Mire as a person of interest in the shootings, although details about possible charges weren't immediately released. NBC News, 11 Oct. 2021 In 2015, the parish of All Saints merged with that of the Church of St. Charles Borromeo, on West 141st Street, and in 2017 All Saints was deconsecrated. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Visitation will start at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. and a reception in the parish hall at 12:30 p.m. Bob Carlton |, al, 22 Dec. 2021 Landry called those dual building resources a benefit to this united parish. Bill Jones,, 19 Dec. 2021 Pastor and Jesuit father George Williams informed the parish of St. Agnes Catholic Church in the Haight of the decision in a church bulletin last weekend. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Dec. 2021 The parish’s float depicts a scene on Mexico City’s Tepeyac Hill in which the Virgen de Guadalupe visits the Indigenous peasant Juan Diego Cuāuhtlahtoātzin. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2021 When the parish decided to build a larger church, the glorious Romanesque assemblage of stones was sold to the Lutherans (for $1) and moved, stone by stone, to be reassembled on the current location, where it was dedicated in 1949. Ben Crandell,, 3 Dec. 2021

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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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“Parish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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


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

Legal Definition of parish

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


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