parish

noun par·ish \ ˈper-ish , ˈpa-rish \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of parish

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 :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

  1. The parish will be getting a new priest soon.

  2. The parish has grown significantly in the last three years.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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PARISH Defined for English Language Learners

parish

noun

Definition of parish for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PARISH Defined for Kids

parish

noun par·ish \ ˈper-ish \

Definition of parish for Students

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

Law Dictionary

parish

noun par·ish \ ˈpar-ish \

legal Definition of parish

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


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