Definition of parish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpærɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærɪʃ//
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  1. 1[countable] an area that has its own church and that a priest is responsible for a parish church/priest He is vicar of a large rural parish.
  2. 2[countable] (in England) a small country area that has its own elected local government the parish council
  3. 3[countable + singular or plural verb] the people living in a particular area, especially those who go to church
  4. 4[countable] (in the US state of Louisiana) a county
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French paroche, from late Latin parochia, from Greek paroikia ‘sojourning’, based on para- ‘beside, subsidiary’ + oikos ‘dwelling’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parish