Definitions for parishˈpær ɪʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parish(noun)

    a local church community

  2. parish(noun)

    the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor


  1. parish(Noun)

    In the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church or certain civil government entities such as the state of Louisiana, an administrative part of a diocese that has its own church.

  2. parish(Noun)

    The community attending that church; the members of the parish.

  3. parish(Noun)

    A civil subdivision of a British county, often corresponding to an earlier ecclesiastical parish.

  4. parish(Noun)

    An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that is equivalent to a county in other U.S. states.

  5. Origin: paroisse, from parochia, from παρоικία, from πάρоικος, from παρά + οἶκος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parish(noun)

    that circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein

  2. Parish(noun)

    the same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction, with its own officers and regulations, as respects the poor, taxes, etc

  3. Parish(noun)

    an ecclesiastical society, usually not bounded by territorial limits, but composed of those persons who choose to unite under the charge of a particular priest, clergyman, or minister; also, loosely, the territory in which the members of a congregation live

  4. Parish(noun)

    in Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States

  5. Parish(adj)

    of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church; parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish; as, parish poor

  6. Origin: [OE. parishe, paresche, parosche, OF. paroisse, parosse, paroiche, F. paroisse, L. parochia, corrupted fr. paroecia, Gr. paroiki`a, fr. pa`roikos dwelling beside or near; para` beside + o'i^kos a house, dwelling; akin to L. vicus village. See Vicinity, and cf. Parochial.]


  1. Parish

    A parish is a church territorial unit constituting a division of a diocese. A parish is under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of a parish priest, who might be assisted by one or more curates, and who operates from a parish church. Historically, a parish often covered the same geographic area and shared the same name as a manor. By extension the term parish refers not only to the territorial unit but to the people of its community or congregation as well as to church property within it. In England this church property was technically in the ownership of the parish priest, vested in him on his institution to that parish.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2756

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parish' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1733

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parish' in Nouns Frequency: #1004

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