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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The original mill bell, meanwhile, still sits proudly atop the St. Mary’s bell tower and was blessed in January as parish anniversary celebrations were inaugurated. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, Laurel Leader, "Main Street Festival kicks off with parade [Old Town]," 10 May 2018 Held at Beefbar, guests including Yoon Ahn, Virgil Abloh, Marcelo Burlon, and Selby Drummond (of this parish) ate steak (or not, preferences depending) and chilled. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Meet Kirin’s Peggy Gou: The DJ Turned Designer Mixing Fashion and Club Culture," 28 Feb. 2019 Davis was a political figure, not a church figure, nor even a member of the parish. Jay Reeves, The Seattle Times, "Alabama church removes pew honoring Confederate president," 10 Feb. 2019 At the time, he was accused of stealing $60,000 to $80,000 from the parish. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing teen boys has disappeared, church says," 21 Aug. 2018 Billy Raymond, the parish's chief administrative officer, had managed the daily operations of the government while Cochran was hospitalized following the April 3 accident near his home in St. Rose. Littice Bacon-blood,, "St. Charles parish president returns to work after motorcycle accident," 25 May 2018 The raffle drawing comes at the end of the parish's annual Carnival, which will be held from Thursday, May 31, through Saturday, June 2, on the grounds of St. Bernard Church along Route 190 in Hazardville. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 21 May 2018 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

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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


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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