What does Parish mean?

Definitions for Parish
ˈpær ɪʃparish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parishnoun

    a local church community

  2. parishnoun

    the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor


  1. parishnoun

    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. parishnoun

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

  3. parishnoun

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

  4. parishnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parishadjective

    A parish priest was of the pilgrim train,
    An awful, reverend and religious man. Dryden.

    Not parish clerk, who calls the psalms so clear. John Gay.

    The office of the church is performed by the parish priest, at the time of his interment. John Ayliffe.

    A man, after his natural death, was not capable of the least parish office. Scriblerus Club , Mart. Scrib.

    The ghost and the parish girl are entire new characters. John Gay.

  2. PARISHnoun

    The particular charge of a secular priest. Every church is either cathedral, conventual, or parochial: cathedral is that, where there is a bishop seated, so called à cathedra: conventual consists of regular clerks, professing some order of religion, or of a dean and chapter, or other college of spiritual men: parochial is that which is instituted for saying divine service, and administring the holy sacraments to the people, dwelling within a certain compass of ground near unto it. Our realm was first divided into parishes by Honorius, archbishop of Canterbury, in the year of our Lord636. John Cowell

    Etymology: parochia, low Lat. parroisse, Fr. of the Greek ϖαϱοιϰία, i.e. accolarum conventus, accolatus, sacra vicinia.

    Dametas came piping and dancing, the merriest man in a parish. Philip Sidney.

    The tythes, his parish freely paid, he took;
    But never su’d, or curs’d with bell or book. Dryden.


  1. Parish

    A parish is a territorial entity in many Christian denominations, constituting a division within a diocese. A parish is under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of a priest, often termed 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 geographical area as a manor. Its association with the parish church remains paramount.By extension the term parish refers not only to the territorial entity 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 ownership of the parish priest ex-officio, vested in him on his institution to that parish.


  1. parish

    A parish is a geographical area or administrative district within a local government entity, typically associated with a church or religious institution. It can also refer to a small community or neighborhood within a larger town or city.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parishnoun

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

  2. Parishnoun

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

  3. Parishnoun

    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. Parishnoun

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

  5. Parishadjective

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

  6. Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parish

    par′ish, n. a district under one pastor: an ecclesiastical district having officers of its own and supporting its own poor: the people of a parish.—adj. belonging or relating to a parish: employed or supported by the parish.—n. Parish′ioner, one who belongs to or is connected with a parish: a member of a parish church.—Parish clerk, the clerk or recording officer of a parish: the one who leads the responses in the service of the Church of England; Parish priest, a priest who has charge of a parish; Parish register, a book in which the births, marriages, and deaths of a parish are registered. [Fr. paroisse—L. parœcia—Gr. paroikiaparoikos, dwelling beside—para, beside, oikos, a dwelling.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Parish is ranked #2498 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Parish surname appeared 14,466 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Parish.

    81.3% or 11,770 total occurrences were White.
    12.1% or 1,758 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 334 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 310 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 204 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 91 total occurrences were Asian.

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

Anagrams for Parish »

  1. raphis

  2. rhapis

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parish in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Parish in a Sentence

  1. David Clohessy:

    We urge O’Malley to use pulpit announcements, church bulletins and parish websites to beg other victims of Ronald Paquin to speak up and call police.

  2. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards:

    While extremely upsetting, this increase in COVID-19 cases appears to be less a sign of new exponential growth and more a sign of a logjam from commercial labs, i have said time and again -- COVID-19 is a statewide problem and testing is a vital step towards understanding the scale of this problem. We believe COVID-19 is spreading in every parish in Louisiana.

  3. Dragos Croitoru:

    Here in the church, we don't have any cases of people who are sick with coronavirus. We have a zero percent mortality rate, I don't know anyone who's died of coronavirus here in our parish. And I believe what I see, rather than what I hear.

  4. John Bel Edwards:

    First of all, I'm not comfortable in saying that I'm happy with the time that has elapsed. But I'm aware that there are reasons for that. And there's an approach that has been taken for as long as anybody can remember when you have criminal investigations that are ongoing, as to the sequence of events, and whether that continues to be the most appropriate approach to that I'm not sure, i do know that it is a matter of public record once the authorities who are conducting the investigations, which happen to be the DA and Union Parish, but also the US Department of Justice for civil rights violation.

  5. Casey Gisclair:

    It's life-changing. Our lives changed on Sunday. Our entire parish's lives changed on Sunday, there are homes where it looks like someone went in and dropped a bomb. There's just nothing left.

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