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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Parish \Par"ish\, adjective Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church; parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish; as, parish poor. --Dryden.

{Parish clerk}. (a) The clerk or recording officer of a parish. (b) A layman who leads in the responses and otherwise assists in the service of the Church of England.

{Parish court}, in Louisiana, a court in each parish.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

parish \par"ish\ (p[a^]r"[i^]sh), noun [OE. parishe, paresche, parosche, OF. paroisse, parosse, paroiche, F. paroisse, L. parochia, corrupted fr. paroecia, Gr. paroiki'a, fr. pa'roikos dwelling beside or near; para' beside + o'i^kos a house, dwelling; akin to L. vicus village. See {Vicinity}, and cf. {Parochial}.]

1. (Eccl. & Eng. Law) (a) That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein. --Cowell. (b) The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction, with its own officers and regulations, as respects the poor, taxes, etc.

Note: Populous and extensive parishes are now divided, under various parliamentary acts, into smaller ecclesiastical districts for spiritual purposes. --Mozley & W.

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. [U. S.]

3. In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

parish

noun

1: a local church community

2: the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor


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