pa·​rish·​ion·​er pə-ˈri-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce parishioner (audio)
: a member or inhabitant of a parish

Examples of parishioner in a Sentence

the parishioners of First Baptist Church
Recent Examples on the Web At least six people were being treated for injuries sustained in the fire, the FDNY posted on X. Three parishioners and three firefighters were among those injured, and all their injuries were said to be minor. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 1 Apr. 2024 The workers weren’t parishioners at Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose pews were packed Sunday for mass. Mike Pesoli, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2024 Purcell asked parishioners to climb the hill and pray that money would be raised to build the church. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2024 Fasting and avoiding meat could hamper some Valentine’s plans, but religious leaders told The Times that parishioners can still celebrate the day without breaking their Lenten obligations. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 In a pressure campaign, the Black pastors say the support of their parishioners, key to Biden's reelection, could be on the line. Devan Schwartz, NPR, 28 Mar. 2024 Earlier this week, Rev. Greg Lewis, an assistant pastor at St. Gabriel's Church of God In Christ in Milwaukee, physically carried one of his parishioners to the polls inside the city's Midtown early voting center to cast a ballot in Wisconsin's upcoming Democratic primary. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 28 Mar. 2024 On hot days, a parishioner brought red umbrellas to protect kids from the sun. USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The parishioners at your church would have expected more from their minister. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parishioner was in the 15th century

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“Parishioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a member or resident of a parish

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