An English parish church.
- An example of a parish is the city of Hereford in England.
- An example of a parish is everyone who attends a certain church every week.
- An example of a parish is La Salle in Louisiana.
- a British church district with its own church and clergyman
- a district of British local civil government, often identical with the original church parish
- an administrative district of various churches, esp. a part of a diocese, under the charge of a priest or minister
- the members of the congregation of any church
- the territory in which they live
- a civil division in Louisiana, corresponding to a county
Origin of parishMiddle English parissche from Old French parroche from Ecclesiastical Late Latin parochia, for paroecia from Ecclesiastical Late Greek paroikia, a diocese from Gr, a sojourning (in a foreign land, or, by early Christians, on earth) from paroikos, a stranger from para- (see para-) + oikos, dwelling: see eco-
- a. An administrative part of a diocese, especially an Anglican or Roman Catholic diocese, having its own church and a designated priest.b. The members of such a parish; a religious community attending one church.
- A political subdivision of a British county, usually corresponding in boundaries to an original ecclesiastical parish.
- An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that corresponds to a county in other US states.
Origin of parishMiddle English from Old French parroche from Late Latin parochia diocese alteration of paroecia from Late Greek paroikiā from Greek a sojourning from paroikos neighboring, neighbor, sojourner para- near ; see para- 1. oikos house ; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- The community attending that church; the members of the parish.
- (US) 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.
- A civil subdivision of a British county, often corresponding to an earlier ecclesiastical parish.
- An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that is equivalent to a county in other U.S. states.
From Old French paroisse, from Late Latin parochia, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏÐ¾Î¹ÎºÎ¯Î± (paroikia, “a dwelling abroad"), from Ï€Î¬ÏÐ¾Î¹ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (paroikos, “neighboring, foreigner"), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ (para, “beside") + Î¿á¼¶ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (oikos, “house").