pa·​rish·​ion·​er | \ pə-ˈri-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce parishioner (audio) \

Definition of parishioner

: a member or inhabitant of a parish

Examples of parishioner in a Sentence

the parishioners of First Baptist Church
Recent Examples on the Web One parishioner volunteering at the site initially declined to get vaccinated. NBC News, "States see rise in unused vaccines as demand flattens, shifting focus to hesitancy," 16 Apr. 2021 Milan Kruszynski, a parishioner for more than three decades, said while his family has not known Kalicky for as long a time as many others, the late priest made an impression. Carrie Napoleon,, "Bell tower renovation honors late pastor: ‘Bells are the voice of the church’," 26 Mar. 2021 The Portland church began in the home of a parishioner and then bounced around multiple times, losing one building when it was torn down so Memorial Coliseum could be built. oregonlive, "Bethel AME Portland prepares to celebrate ‘Easter faith in a Good Friday world’," 3 Apr. 2021 Operating seven days a week out of a van, the testing site came about thanks to Helen Arteaga Landaverde, a longtime parishioner and former student of the church's school who founded the Plaza del Sol Family Health Center in Corona. Star Tribune, "Church in NY virus epicenter leads congregants out of sorrow," 25 Mar. 2021 Recently, a parishioner connected the Rev. James Arthur with the health department, which agreed to bring its new mobile vaccination unit to All Saints. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "‘This is a central point’: Milwaukee’s first mobile vaccination unit stopped at All Saints church on north side," 6 Mar. 2021 Church officials in Chicago asserted that those dollars were needed to cover substantial expenses while parishioner donations slumped. Reese Dunklin And Michael Rezendes, Star Tribune, "Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid," 4 Feb. 2021 Church officials in Chicago asserted that those dollars were needed to cover substantial expenses while parishioner donations slumped. The Associated Press,, "Catholic dioceses, institutions received at least $3B in taxpayer aid during pandemic: analysis," 4 Feb. 2021 Sean Riley, a 39-year-old flight attendant and parishioner at St. Matthew’s, waited early in the morning to get into the service. Washington Post, "Biden attends mass service at St. Matthew the Apostle ahead of inauguration," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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“Parishioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce parishioner (audio) \

Kids Definition of parishioner

: a member of a particular church

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