Parochial Definition

Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish.
American Heritage
Of or in a parish or parishes.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to parochial schools.
American Heritage
Restricted to a small area or scope; narrow; limited; provincial.
A parochial outlook.
Webster's New World

Origin of Parochial

  • From Anglo-Norman parochial and its source Late Latin parochialis, an alteration of paroecialis (“of a church province"), from paroecia, from Hellenistic Greek παροικία (paroikia, “stay in a foreign land") , later “community, diocese", from Ancient Greek πάροικος (paroikos, “neighbouring, neighbour"), from παρα- (para-) + οἶκος (oikos, “house").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin parochiālis from parochia diocese parish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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