Definition of parish
1a (1) : the ecclesiastical unit of area committed to one pastor (2) : the residents of such an areab 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.
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
First Known Use: 14th century
PARISH Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
Legal Definition of parish
: a civil division of the state of Louisiana corresponding to a county in other states
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