- The definition of a parish is a church district, the members of a particular church or a county-type division in Louisiana.
- 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.
An English parish church.
- 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 Classical Greek 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.