parish

noun
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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Prosecutors had asked the judge for special consideration of a life sentence for Perrault, once a pastor at an Albuquerque parish and a chaplain at Kirtland Air Force Base. Fox News, "Former New Mexico priest, 81, sentenced to 30 years for sex abuse of altar boy," 15 Sep. 2019 Prosecutors had requested the maximum sentence of more than three decades in prison for Perrault, once a pastor at an Albuquerque parish and a chaplain at Kirtland Air Force Base. Morgan Lee And Mary Hudetz, courant.com, "Former Hartford Archdiocese priest Arthur Perrault sentenced to 30 years in New Mexico sex abuse case," 13 Sep. 2019 And in ordinary parishes elsewhere, matters are not quite as dire as the hierarchical battles would suggest, as a recent incident in a small European town shows. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 He was already committed to his job with a local parish. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Rev. Randall Trego leads with listening as director of spiritual care for Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital," 30 Aug. 2019 The Wheeling-Charleston diocese includes nearly 75,000 Catholics and 95 parishes throughout West Virginia. John Raby, baltimoresun.com, "Lawsuit accusing ex-West Virginia bishop of drunken sexual assault settled; replacement to be installed today," 22 Aug. 2019 Some parishes of Louisiana restrict Thanksgiving Day sales. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Are Liquor Stores Open on Thanksgiving? Here's What to Know," 16 Aug. 2019 There are also the sites where the Catholic Church hid pedophile priests in local parishes, until a tsunami of lawsuits from victims forced New Mexico’s largest diocese to file for bankruptcy last June. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein Chose New Mexico for a Reason," 15 Aug. 2019 The storm, which made landfall July 13 as a Category 1 hurricane, also caused flooding and power outages in more than a dozen parishes, according to the report out of the NWS Lake Charles office. USA TODAY, "Moon trees, moon film, monk honored: News from around our 50 states," 23 July 2019

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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

noun

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

parish

noun
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

parish

noun
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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