Definition of parochial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrəʊkiəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊkiəl//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] (formal) connected with a church parish parochial schools a member of the parochial church council
  2. 2(disapproving) only concerned with small issues that happen in your local area and not interested in more important things They need to be better informed and less parochial in their thinking.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from ecclesiastical Latin parochialis ‘relating to an ecclesiastical district’, from parochia, from Greek paroikia ‘sojourning’, based on para- ‘beside, subsidiary’ + oikos ‘dwelling’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parochial