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PAR'ISH, n. [Low L. parochia; Gr. a dwelling or near residence; near, and house, or to dwell; or more probably from the Gr. a salary or largess, an allowance for support; to afford, yield or supply, whence L. parocha, entertainment given to embassadors at the public expense. If parish is to be deduced from either of these sources, it is probably from the latter, and parish is equivalent to benefice, living, as prebend, from L. proebeo.

1. The precinct or territorial jurisdiction of a secular priest, or the precinct, the inhabitants of which belong to the same church.

2. In some of the American states, parish is an ecclesiastical society not bounded by territorial limits; but the inhabitants of a town belonging to one church, though residing promiscuously among the people belonging to another church, are called a parish. This is particularly the case in Massachusetts. In Connecticut, the legal appellation of such a society is ecclesiastical society.

PAR'ISH, a. Belonging to a parish; having the spiritual charge of the inhabitants belonging to the same church; as a parish priest.

1. Belonging to a parish; as a parish church; parish records.

2. Maintained by the parish; as parish poor.



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PAR'ISH, n. [Low L. parochia; Gr. a dwelling or near residence; near, and house, or to dwell; or more probably from the Gr. a salary or largess, an allowance for support; to afford, yield or supply, whence L. parocha, entertainment given to embassadors at the public expense. If parish is to be deduced from either of these sources, it is probably from the latter, and parish is equivalent to benefice, living, as prebend, from L. proebeo.

1. The precinct or territorial jurisdiction of a secular priest, or the precinct, the inhabitants of which belong to the same church.

2. In some of the American states, parish is an ecclesiastical society not bounded by territorial limits; but the inhabitants of a town belonging to one church, though residing promiscuously among the people belonging to another church, are called a parish. This is particularly the case in Massachusetts. In Connecticut, the legal appellation of such a society is ecclesiastical society.

PAR'ISH, a. Belonging to a parish; having the spiritual charge of the inhabitants belonging to the same church; as a parish priest.

1. Belonging to a parish; as a parish church; parish records.

2. Maintained by the parish; as parish poor.

PAR'ISH, a.

  1. Belonging to a parish; having the spiritual charge of the inhabitants belonging to the same church; as, a parish priest. – Dryden.
  2. Belonging to a parish; as, a parish church; parish records.
  3. Maintained by the parish; as, parish poor. – Gay.

PAR'ISH, n. [Fr. paroisse; It. parrocchia; Sp. parroquia; Arm. parres; Ir. parraiste; usually deduced from the Low L. parochia, Gr. παροικια, a dwelling or near residence; παρα, near, and οικος, house, or οικεω, to dwell; or more probably from the Greek παροχη, a salary or largess, an allowance for support, from παρεχω, to afford, yield or supply, whence L. parocha, entertainment given to embassadors at the public expense; whence It. parrocchii. If Parish is to be deduced from either of these sources, it is probably from the latter, and parish is equivalent to benefice, living, as pre-bend, from L. præbeo. In German, pfarre signifies a benefice or parish; pfarrer or pfarrherr, a parson, the lord of a living or parish, and this is evidently from the same root as parson. I know not the origin of pfarre, but it coincides in elements with the W. pori, to graze, Corn. peuri, L. voro, Gr. βορα. The Italian and Spanish words are undoubtedly from the Latin and Greek, and the French paroisse may be from the same source.]

  1. The precinct or territorial jurisdiction of a secular priest, or the precinct, the inhabitants of which belong to the same church.
  2. In some of the American states, parish is an ecclesiastical society not bounded by territorial limits; but the inhabitants of a town belonging to one church, though residing promiscuously among the people belonging to another church, are called a parish. This is particularly the case in Massachusetts. In Connecticut, the legal appellation of such a society is ecclesiastical society.

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

    Cowell. (b)
  2. 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.

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

PAR'ISH, noun [Low Latin parochia; Gr. a dwelling or near residence; near, and house, or to dwell; or more probably from the Gr. a salary or largess, an allowance for support; to afford, yield or supply, whence Latin parocha, entertainment given to embassadors at the public expense. If parish is to be deduced from either of these sources, it is probably from the latter, and parish is equivalent to benefice, living, as prebend, from Latin proebeo.

1. The precinct or territorial jurisdiction of a secular priest, or the precinct, the inhabitants of which belong to the same church.

2. In some of the American states, parish is an ecclesiastical society not bounded by territorial limits; but the inhabitants of a town belonging to one church, though residing promiscuously among the people belonging to another church, are called a parish This is particularly the case in Massachusetts. In Connecticut, the legal appellation of such a society is ecclesiastical society.

PAR'ISH, adjective Belonging to a parish; having the spiritual charge of the inhabitants belonging to the same church; as a parish priest.

1. Belonging to a parish; as a parish church; parish records.

2. Maintained by the parish; as parish poor.

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