What does Parish mean?

Definitions for Parish
ˈpær ɪʃparish

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Parish.

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. Danny Lavergne:

    Southwestern Louisiana could get 15-20 inches of rain from Harvey. Flash floods warnings went into effect through Thursday as areas along the coast faced tropical storm warnings. Flooding has already taken over localized streets since Sunday, The Weather Channel reported. An emergency response official in a coastal Louisiana parish said the threat of flooding from Harvey's torrential rains could be new ground for us. Harvey has been blamed for at least five confirmed deaths, including a woman killed Monday in the town of Porter, northeast of Houston, when a large oak tree dislodged by heavy rains toppled onto her trailer home. In addition, a Houston television station reported Monday that six family members were believed to have drowned when their van was swept away by floodwaters. The KHOU report was attributed to three family members the station did not identify. No bodies have been recovered. The flooding was so widespread that the levels of city waterways have either equaled or surpassed those of Tropical Storm Allison from 2001, and no major highway has been spared some overflow.The city's normally bustling business district was virtually deserted Monday, with emergency vehicles making up most of the traffic. Most businesses were closed. In Louisiana, Danny Lavergne, director of Cameron Parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said approximately 30 roads in the parish were covered with water but remained passable by Monday morning. It's far from being over.

  2. Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre:

    This started about midnight in Livingston Parish ' where this Matthew Mire shot two people. Then he traveled over to Ascension Parish where he shot two more. One succumbed to her injuries.

  3. Shelley (Queen Mab):

    (Of Jesus): "A parish demogogue."

  4. Edward Chervenak:

    They've always considered Orleans Parish to be Orleans Parish, they need that get out the vote machine operating in the city to help overcome the deficit Mary Landrieu will face throughout the rest of the state.

  5. Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre:

    This is probably one of the worst domestic violence incidents I've seen in quite a while, for a young man to walk into a bedroom and kill his mother and his father, and then kill friends in Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard that Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard had a connection with.

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