par·ish | \ˈper-ish, 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 parish never intended the art agency to paint the sculpture, according to Efe news agency. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Spanish sculpture botched by art teacher compared to failed restoration of Jesus fresco," 27 June 2018 When Donna Thomas first began working at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church carnival more than 50 years ago, the parish was predominantly German, catering to East Baltimore’s large population of German-speaking Catholics. Christina Tkacik,, "At Highlandtown carnival, respite for Baltimore's Latino community and concern about immigration policy," 20 June 2018 Richert said the complaints included some from Fronczak's time at the parishes of St. Stephen and St. Joseph, both in New York. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Diamondbacks manager 'insanely proud' of wife for coming forward with priest-abuse claim," 19 June 2018 The coastal parishes are hoping to fare better, and their lawsuits are moving forward, albeit slowly. Gena Somra, CNN, "Louisiana's shrinking marshes signal the loss of a way of life," 6 June 2018 Thursday's public meeting will be held at 11 a.m. in Conference Room 1110 in the parish courthouse at 701 N. Columbia St. in Covington. Robert Rhoden,, "St. Tammany Parish assessor to roll back his millage," 16 May 2018 Deacon Willie Fred Hardy listens intently as Gray asks about family and parish members and recent sermons. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 In a 2004 lawsuit, O’Connell was accused of abusing children while assigned to a suburban parish. Nathaniel Lash,, "Filings disclose new details on grand jury clergy abuse probe," 10 July 2018 The other parishes that help organize the Good Friday observance were St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Therese, St. Peter and Our Lady of Good Counsel. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora's Living Stations of the Cross a prayerful tradition for thousands," 30 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

: an area in Louisiana that is like a county


par·ish | \ˈper-ish \

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 \

Legal Definition of parish 

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

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