What does parish mean?

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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.

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.]

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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  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. Charles Preston:

    Then Parish Sheriff office was notified and I actually went out there with our investigators.

  2. 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.

  3. Todd Katzner:

    The bald eagle population is growing rapidly in North America, but golden eagle populations are stable or declining at best, their populations are at about 30,000 … any amount of suppression is something that is going to raise eyebrows. The findings of the study have renewed calls among conservationists, pleading with hunters to use non-lead ammunition.The federal government bannedlead ammunition in hunting waterfowl in 1991. A number of states enforce their own regulations on top of that. California banned the use of lead bullets by hunters 2019. 2021 WAS SAFEST HUNTING SEASON EVER FOR THIS US STATE Chris Parish, president of the Peregrine Fund, believes most hunters do n’t know about the toxic effects of lead. He co-founded the North American Non-Lead Partnership to educate hunters and encourage them to voluntarily switch to alternative ammunitions that do n’t use lead – like copper bullets.

  4. 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.

  5. Pearson Cross:

    This election has not been about Bill Cassidy, this election has been about the negative press that the President has gotten and the ability of Bill Cassidy to tie Barack Obama and( Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid to Mary Landrieu. In this final act Saturday, the Louisiana race will test the limits of the vaunted Mary Landrieu turnout operation, particularly in Orleans Parish, which has been the family stronghold for generations. After Hurricane Katrina, Mary Landrieu operatives were vigilant about maintaining their voter data — scrubbing their voter files to make sure addresses and phone numbers were up to date after each purge of voters who had moved out of state by the Secretary of State's office. Landrieu's campaign also partnered with the Democratic Party to register scores of new voters across the state this year, focusing particularly on ushering new black voters into the party. In Saturday's election, it is hard to underestimate the importance of Landrieu's turnout operation in Orleans Parish, which encompasses the city of New Orleans.

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