Definition of Parish

1. Noun. A local church community.

Generic synonyms: Community
Member holonyms: Parishioner
Derivative terms: Parochial

2. Noun. The local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor.
Group relationships: Bishopric, Diocese, Episcopate
Generic synonyms: Jurisdiction
Derivative terms: Parochial

Definition of Parish

1. n. That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein.

2. a. Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church; parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish; as, parish poor.

Definition of Parish

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. The community attending that church; the members of the parish. ¹

3. Noun. A civil subdivision of a British county, often corresponding to an earlier ecclesiastical parish. ¹

4. Noun. An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that is equivalent to a county in other U.S. states. ¹

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Definition of Parish

1. an ecclesiastical district [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Parish

1. 1. That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein. The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction, with its own officers and regulations, as respects the poor, taxes, etc. Populous and extensive parishes are now divided, under various parliamentary acts, into smaller ecclesiastical districts for spiritual purposes. 2. 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. 3. In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States. Origin: OE. Parishe, paresche, parosche, OF. Paroisse, parosse, paroiche, F. Paroisse, L. Parochia, corrupted fr. Paroecia, Gr, fr. Dwelling beside or near; beside + a house, dwelling; akin to L. Vicus village. See Vicinity, and cf. Parochial. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parish

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Literary usage of Parish

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer (1872)
"Until that time both remained continuously in tho parish of St. Matthew, and after the removal of the husband to the asylum the pauper remained in the ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The parish as a Benefice.—The canonical legislation relative to parishes is part of the ... Every parish priest ought to have a fixed beneficial revenue, ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"parish (Low Latin, parochia), in ecclesiastical law, in England, a certain territory or "circuit of ground," committed to the spiritual charge of one ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The bishop may also allow the deans or the parish priests to dispense from ... In many dioceses the parish priest is specially authorized to dispense from ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"parish, in English ecclesiastical law, may be defined as the township or cluster of ... The Old Ecclesiastical parish.—In the absence of evidence to the ..."

6. Publications (1885)
"... parish of the Immaculate Conception, parish of the Sacred Heart, parish of St. ... steady and persistent, on the part of the old parish and church, ..."

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