Definition of parish in English:

parish

Line breaks: par¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈparɪʃ
 
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noun

  • 1(In the Christian Church) a small administrative district typically having its own church and a priest or pastor: [as modifier]: a parish church
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    • Many of these lay candidates are already deeply involved in church ministry: in parishes, on diocesan staffs, as chaplains on campuses, in hospitals, and in jails.
    • We should pray for renewal explicitly, as individuals, small Christian communities, parishes, and dioceses.
    • In the mainline churches, certain parishes have refused pastoral care to victims and their families.
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  • 1.1 (also civil parish) British The smallest unit of local government, constituted only in rural areas: [as modifier]: a parish councillor
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    • Over £16,000 has been awarded over the next two years to take roadshows to the rural parishes and islands to engage older people in activities to benefit their health and well-being.
    • Hurling supporters in neighbouring parishes are scouring local GAA officials in the hope of getting a ticket to the September 12 Final.
    • We hope this service will help unite the local parishes into a cohesive unit speaking with one voice, something that is sadly lacking over the years.
    Synonyms
    district, community
  • 1.2US (In Louisiana) a territorial division corresponding to a county in other states.
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    • Alford provided a listing of floristic surveys for counties in Mississippi and parishes in Louisiana.
    • There are nearly 4,500 registered sex offenders living in the 14 Louisiana parishes hit by Katrina.
    • But you have to understand, inside the parishes of Louisiana, most of those city governments were victims.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French paroche, from late Latin parochia, from Greek paroikia 'sojourning', based on para- 'beside, subsidiary' + oikos 'dwelling'.

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