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Meaning of PARISH

Pronunciation:  'parish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a local church community
  2. [n]  the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor

PARISH is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: bishopric, community, diocese, jurisdiction, parishioner



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Par"ish\, n. [OE. parishe, paresche, parosche, OF.
    paroisse, parosse, paroiche, F. paroisse, L. parochia,
    corrupted fr. paroecia, Gr. ?, fr. ? dwelling beside or near;
    ? beside + ? a house, dwelling; akin to L. vicus village. See
    {Vicinity}, and cf. {Parochial}.]
    1. (Eccl. & Eng. Law)
       (a) That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one
           parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of
           souls therein. --Cowell.
       (b) The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction,
           with its own officers and regulations, as respects the
           poor, taxes, etc.
    Note: Populous and extensive parishes are now divided, under
          various parliamentary acts, into smaller ecclesiastical
          districts for spiritual purposes. --Mozley & W.
    2. 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. [U. S.]
    3. In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county
       in other States.
  2. \Par"ish\, a.
    Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church;
    parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish;
    as, parish poor. --Dryden.
    {Parish clerk}.
    (a) The clerk or recording officer of a parish.
    (b) A layman who leads in the responses and otherwise assists
        in the service of the Church of England.
    {Parish court}, in Louisiana, a court in each parish.
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