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

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The eucharist arrived at the front of the church, with the help of a parishioner who rescued it from a near-crash landing. David Scharfenberg,, "Innovation of the Week: Eucharist by drone," 6 Apr. 2018 Underground priests and parishioners are frequently detained and harassed. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 Aranguren wrote in a letter to parishioners later that day. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "68 of its residents were killed in Cuba plane crash. Now Holguín is filled with grief | Miami Herald," 26 May 2018 Although his Markham church has been ready for months, only on this Sunday was the Rev. Fred Fields able to snip the ribbon at Original Bible Church and welcome parishioners inside for worship services. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Parishioners 'still standing' after legal fight; Markham church celebrates opening," 20 May 2018 As MQP Catholic Church is affiliated with MQP Elementary School, the parishioners were anxious to reestablish a functioning school system for Haitian children. Jan Lugenbuhl,, "Mary, Queen of Peace celebrates "twin" parish with a Night in Haiti," 11 Apr. 2018 Because of the storm damage and ongoing repairs, parishioners have been unable to access their place of worship. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Dickinson Shrine of the True Cross church, school make progress in Harvey recovery," 29 Mar. 2018 It was completed in 1933 and was built through the volunteer labor of primarily Hispanic parishioners. azcentral, "Historic buildings in Scottsdale you need to see," 26 Apr. 2016 Reve’s narrative, with its gradual drip-feed of disclosures, is itself a confession, as cagily distorted and withholding as those of his parishioners. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Shrovetide Confessions," 13 Dec. 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


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Kids Definition of parishioner

: a member of a particular church

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