Parish

3 definitions found

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


The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.



Friday, March 27, 2015 1:10:36 PM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

DEFINE.COM_Parish_2015-03-27_13-10-36_54-83-189-89