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.
Recent Examples on the Web Twix, Kit Kat, Starburst, Reese’s Pieces, Skittles, Nerds, Butterfingers, Twizzlers—an eruption of confectionary intended to impart the mother of all sugar highs to the youth of the parish. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "A Halloween When Grown-Ups Wore Masks," 1 Nov. 2020 Most were concentrated in the seven-parish New Orleans metro area. Emily Woodruff And Della Hasselle | Staff Writers, NOLA.com, "How residents are bracing for possible days without power in metro New Orleans," 29 Oct. 2020 Louisiana reports cases weekly but only by parish, or county. al, "Alabama statewide school COVID tracker to debut Oct. 30; Here’s how it works," 27 Oct. 2020 Farmers in a five-parish area east and northeast of the parishes where the storm made its landfall Aug. 27 have probably lost 300 to 400 cattle, said Dr. Craig Fontenot, a large-animal veterinarian based in Ville Platte. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Mosquitoes killing livestock in Louisiana after hurricane," 12 Sep. 2020 Farmers in a five-parish area east and northeast of the parishes where the storm made its landfall Aug. 27 have probably lost 300 to 400 cattle, said Dr. Craig Fontenot, a large-animal veterinarian based in Ville Platte. orlandosentinel.com, "Thick clouds of mosquitoes kill livestock after hurricane," 10 Sep. 2020 And in some ways, the harsh realities the coronavirus pandemic forced on government actually accelerated some changes the parish needed to make. Chad Calder | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng, others tout resiliency at state of parish event," 19 Nov. 2020 The congregants of this predominately Latino parish struggled at times to get used to the openings and closings and safety measures, said Father Do, but the church has been able to provide its members solace and support. James Estrin, New York Times, "Staying Apart, But Praying Together," 15 Nov. 2020 For newcomers to San Antonio, Garcia circulated among the city’s politicos and business leaders while tending an old parish at Mission Concepción. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: A retired priest’s sermons via email become the ‘Corona Homilies’ and soon will become a podcast," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of parish was in the 14th century

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3 Dec 2020

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“Parish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parish. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for parish

parish

noun
How to pronounce parish (audio)

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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