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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The massacre of nine Black parishioners by a white supremacist at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston reignited controversy over South Carolina’s flag. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Helen and George moved their family to Florida and became lifetime parishioners of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in 1961. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/31," 31 May 2018 Bob has been a resident of East Hartford for almost 50 years as well as a longtime parishioner of the First Congregational Church of East Hartford., "Robert J. Masslon," 27 May 2018 The incident that led to Savage's resignation happened with 17-year-old parishioner Jules Woodson at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Texas. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Texas youth minister quits new church over past 'sexual incident'," 21 Mar. 2018 Ann was a faithful parishioner of Mary, Gate of Heaven Parishes for many years., "Angelina C. Dessaint," 13 July 2018 Carmella was one of the original parishioners of St. Bernard Catholic Church and worshipped there regularly for 43 years., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/14," 14 June 2018 During one threat to Scott, prosecutors said Jason Bell admitted to invoking the name of an avowed white supremacist convicted of killing nine black parishioners inside a South Carolina church. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Georgia man pleads guilty to threatening 2 U.S. senators," 2 May 2018 And in 2015, white supremacist Dylan Roof killed nine black parishioners in a mass shooting in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Libby Solomon,, "Open doors: Amid gun debate, Baltimore County houses of worship balance security with welcome," 21 Mar. 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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