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 measure, authored by Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, allows each parish to approve fantasy sports gambling through the November ballot initiative. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana voters will decide on legalizing fantasy sports betting apps in November," 26 May 2018 Among the Orange County parishes leading the effort to reach out to the mentally ill are St. John Neumann in Irvine, Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach, Santiago de Compostela in Lake Forest, Christ our Savior in Santa Ana, and Sts. Greg Hardesty,, "Catholic leaders take up mental health mantle," 3 May 2018 To that end, reports Ham & High, the parish is launching a fundraising event on June 2, Coleridge Day. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Casket Rediscovered in Former Wine Cellar," 18 Apr. 2018 The parish is at 825 N. Carpenter St. in the Goose Island neighborhood. Elvia Malagon,, "Longtime pastor removed from St. John Cantius Catholic Parish amid investigation," 18 Mar. 2018 According to a letter from Bishop Walter Hurley to parents, the parish is almost $5 million in debt, dating back many years, despite numerous grants from the archdiocese. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "St. Mary's Catholic school in Wayne to close after 93 years," 19 Feb. 2018 The archdiocese will also sponsor its Lenten confession initiative, for the sixth consecutive year, during which parishes will be open on Monday evenings to offer the sacrament of reconciliation. Jordan Otero Sisson,, "No Valentine's Day exception On Ash Wednesday," 13 Feb. 2018 The church in Ukraine has been tied to the Moscow Patriarchate for hundreds of years, although many parishes have split off over the past two decades to form a schismatic church. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Russian Orthodox Church issues warning to Orthodoxy's leader," 28 Sep. 2018 Building the new church is an extraordinary accomplishment, said George Karas, president of the parish council. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Saint Sophia’s Greek Fest shares sounds, tastes and feel of Greece at Elgin church," 14 July 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
US : 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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