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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Brisson admired the family's parish priest, a Capuchin Franciscan. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Gleaners CEO, has passion for helping the hungry | Shining Light Awards," 23 Aug. 2019 The agency provided data for about 2,900 of the nation's 3,100 counties and parishes. NBC News, "Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer opioid deaths," 6 Aug. 2019 The agency provided data for about 2,900 of the nation’s 3,100 counties and parishes. Washington Post, "Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths," 6 Aug. 2019 The agency provided data for about 2,900 of the nation's 3,100 counties and parishes. Mike Stobbe, Fortune, "Drug Overdose Deaths— Opioids Included—Fell for the First Time in Three Decades. Here’s Why," 6 Aug. 2019 The agency provided data for about 2,900 of the nation’s 3,100 counties and parishes. Mike Stobbe, Los Angeles Times, "Decline in opioid deaths is tied to growing use of overdose-reversing drug, CDC says," 6 Aug. 2019 The three Louisiana attacks — on the schools in Sabine and Morehouse parishes and the city of Monroe — had similar traits, according to Christina Stephens, a spokeswoman for the governor. New York Times, "Hackers’ Latest Target: School Districts," 28 July 2019 After his release, Cardinal Ortega worked as a parish priest in his hometown. Peter Orsi, BostonGlobe.com, "Cardinal Ortega, former archbishop of Havana, at 82," 27 July 2019 The highlight of the social calendar is a mushroom-picker’s ball, and the favorite sport of every man from the local playboy to the parish priest is hunting. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 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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