pa·rish·ion·er | \pə-ˈri-sh(ə-)nər \

Definition of parishioner 

: a member or inhabitant of a parish

Examples of parishioner in a Sentence

the parishioners of First Baptist Church

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In Florida, Kathy was a cantor at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pine Hills when a parishioner suggested she get involved with the Orlando Opera chorus. Matthew J. Palm,, "For Steve and Kathy Miller, opera is right at home," 7 Apr. 2018 Some parishioners held signs that called for the families to be reunited while others offered support for the immigrant community. Washington Post, "Tents in Texas hold hundreds of Central American teenagers," 24 June 2018 Over his near 20-year tenure, Soroka has battled the challenges that many congregations in institutional religion are facing as young people drift away, congregations shrink and shutter, and the remaining parishioners get older. Kristin E. Holmes,, "The archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia retires and goes home," 10 June 2018 This past Sunday, parishioners at Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Berkley celebrated the 100th birthday of member Jean Marnich, a church founder in 1949. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan is aging faster than the rest of the U.S. – here's why," 8 June 2018 The tiny church, located inside a small, brick house in a quiet, residential area, has about 100 families, parishioners said. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Father of Accused Texas Shooter Believes Bullying Was Behind Rampage," 21 May 2018 Many St Joseph’s parishioners and staff attended the ordination Mass at the Basilica. Melissa Whatley,, "Recent Dulaney High grad recognized as student-athlete with a scholarship," 13 June 2018 Capable of holding thousands of parishioners, the congregation had dwindled to a couple hundred by the mid-1970s. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Art competition announced for City Methodist ruin garden in Gary, commission offers $10K prize," 17 May 2018 He is asked by a parishioner, Mary (Amanda Seyfried), to advise her husband, Michael (Philip Ettinger). Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“First Reformed” and “The Seagull”," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of parishioner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parishioner

Middle English parisshoner, probably modification of Anglo-French parochien, from paroche

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English Language Learners Definition of parishioner

: a person who goes to a particular local church : a person who belongs to a parish


pa·rish·io·ner | \pə-ˈri-shə-nər \

Kids Definition of parishioner

: a member of a particular church

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