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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Lowery, a pastor for the United Methodist Church’s Southeast Portland parish, has a daughter entering her freshman year at Cleveland High School and has long volunteered in district schools., "Meet the Portland school board’s 3 newest members," 27 June 2019 The parish and the diocesan structures require, in a general sense, profound modifications. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?," 25 June 2019 The assessment will be collected by the sheriff with the parish and city property taxes at year end. Helen Williams,, "Timberlane commission stays busy to protect future of country club," 14 June 2019 In fact, her Enjoy St. Bernard artwork was a prominent part of the parish’s recent St. Bernard Day at the Capitol. Barry Lemoine,, "Artists help St. Bernard salute America," 19 June 2019 When a Catholic church in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, was heavily damaged during Hurricane Maria in 2017, members of a Park Ridge parish were encouraged to help fund its rebuilding as part of their Lenten alms-giving. Jennifer Johnson,, "Park Ridge church representatives see fruits of charitable giving in Puerto Rico," 18 June 2019 According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, 3,363 of the 17,007 parishes in the U.S. didn’t have a resident priest to lead them in 2018. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Calls for Consideration of Married Priests in Remote Amazon," 17 June 2019 The coroner of a Louisiana parish is claiming that a 39-year-old woman died from a THC overdose in February. Fox News, "Louisiana coroner claims first THC-related death, but some experts are skeptical," 12 June 2019 The parish’s first church was built on Mountain View Avenue and sat 150 people. Michael Walsh,, "Church Of St. Ann Celebrates 100th Anniversary," 10 June 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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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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