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 He is also prohibited from working or volunteering for any diocesan school or parish. Paige Fry,, "Diocese of Joliet officials fire employee wanted on child grooming charges," 30 Apr. 2021 For any one of them to express doubts about the Anglican prayer book, or even to avoid the Anglican parish on Sunday, was to put themselves under suspicion of treason. Anthony D. Baker, The Conversation, "Shakespeare’s musings on religion are like curious whispers – they require deep listening to be heard," 22 Apr. 2021 The parish’s school district has approved a $1,000, one-time supplement for employees to thank them for their work during a school year filled with challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Music festivals, Opening Day, casino clinics: News from around our 50 states," 1 Apr. 2021 The parish served as a cooling center during a 2017 heat wave and as the go-to recovery spot after a 2018 storm that flooded the community. Washington Post, "Church creates local oasis from dying urban forest," 21 Mar. 2021 The iron bells in the 18th-century Chapel of San Miguel Arcángel thundered as the clock tower cracked and slid from its perch, crashing through the portico of the parish’s administrative offices. New York Times, "The Architects Who, After a Devastating Earthquake, Rebuilt a Town," 15 Mar. 2021 The vaccination event at the Vietnamese parish is one of two happening this weekend, with Shiloh Baptist Church hosting one on Sunday in Parramore. Cristóbal Reyes,, "Hundreds vaccinated in Orlando Asian-American outreach effort," 6 Mar. 2021 The facility would be large enough for high school graduations, something the parish lacks. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer,, "A $250M casino-resort in Slidell is on the table, but will it happen? See plans, outlook," 1 Feb. 2021 Here, Doug McKelway interviews Pastor Neil Eaton of the New Hope Chapel in Plymouth, Massachusetts, whose own parish has seen a resurgence of worshippers due to what Eaton believes is his embrace of traditional Christian teachings of the Gospel. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "A conversation with Pastor Neil Eaton on church attendance and religious trends," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Parish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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