• WordNet 3.6
    • n parish a local church community
    • n parish the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "guinea pig" originated when a tax was imposed on powder for wigs in England to help pay for the war with Napoleon. The list of those who had paid the guinea (one pound, one shilling) was posted on their parish church door. As they were the wealthy of the day, they became known as the guinea pigs.
    • parish 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.
    • parish In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States.
    • a Parish Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church; parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish; as, parish poor.
    • parish (Eccl. & Eng. Law) That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein.
    • parish (Eccl. & Eng. Law) The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction, with its own officers and regulations, as respects the poor, taxes, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parish In the early Christian ch., a district placed under the superintendence of a bishop; a diocese.
    • n parish In Great Britain and Ireland, a district or territorial division. Originally, an ecclesiastical district, the township or cluster of townships in the care of a single priest or pastor.
    • n parish Now, also, a civil division of the country for purposes of local self-government, such as the legal care of the poor, education, the regulation of sanitary matters, etc.: it is in general conterminous with the ecclesiastical parish. At present there are in England and Wales about 13,000 ecclesiastical parishes, and about 15,000 civil parishes, of which not more than 10,000 coincide with the ecclesiastical districts bearing the same name. In Scotland in 1888 there were 934 civil parishes or parishes proper (quoad omnia) and 386 parishes quoad sacra (that is, parishes in respect of things ecclesiastical only). There are several other minor classes of parishes, as the land-tax and Burial Act parishes in England, and the burghal and extra-burghal parishes in Scotland.
    • n parish In the United States: In colonial times, in some of the southern colonies, a subdivision of the county for purposes of local government.
    • n parish One of the 58 territorial divisions of Louisiana, corresponding to the county in other States.
    • n parish A local church or congregation and the geographical limits, generally imperfectly defined, within which its local work is mainly confined. In the Protestant Episcopal Church the original form of the parish is more or less clearly adhered to, each diocese being as a rule divided into geographical parishes, and no new parish being formed or church established in cities without the consent of the three nearest parishes or congregations.
    • n parish An ecclesiastical society, not bounded by territorial limits, nor confined in its personnel to communicants, but composed of all those who choose to unite in maintaining Christian work and worship in a particular local church: used in this sense chiefly in New England.
    • n parish The inhabitants or members of a parish; specifically, in the United Kingdom, those inhabitants of a parish who are entitled to vote in a parish election.
    • parish Of or belonging to a parish; parochial: as, the parish church or minister; parish records; the parish school.
    • parish Maintained by the parish or by public charity: as, parish poor.
    • parish Rustic; provincial.
    • n parish In the game of curling, the ring in the center of which the tee is placed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parish par′ish a district under one pastor: an ecclesiastical district having officers of its own and supporting its own poor: the people of a parish
    • adj Parish belonging or relating to a parish: employed or supported by the parish
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  • Martin Scorsese
    Martin Scorsese
    “I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

But yet some of the Lord's people, who had retained their former faithfulness, gave him a call to preach in that parish.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
Yes sir; the parson of the country parish is the parish goat, as the sayin' is.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
There was a parish church on the neighbouring eminence, and it, too, was roofless and a ruin.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
The oldest parish benefactor was Thomas Charles, who in 1617 left money to buy bread for the poor of the parish.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The parish of Simiti has long been vacant.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The ancient history of this parish is much the same as that of the adjoining parish of Moorby on the east, and Wood Enderby on the west.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
A chit like that would scarcely presume to give herself airs with the rector of her parish, however rich she might be.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Evidence from Parish Sister, Parish Council, School Charity, Police, Teacher, Children's Employment and School Officer.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
It is now the chief parish church of the diocese of Veglia.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
However, I find by the (original) Statistical Account, it is a parish in Renfrew.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

She told us that her husband served
A soldier, far away,
And therefore to her parish she
Was begging back her way.
"The Complaints Of The Poor" by Robert Southey
Unhonoured, in a parish-grave
Your toil-worn bones they toss:
Your labour was the ore they coined,
Your body is the dross.
"The Walk Home From Beldagon" by Ernest Jones
"But fast my feet were—fast with tangles—
Ay! words—but they were not sharp, I trow,
Though parish feuds and vestry wrangles—
O pitiful sight—I see thee now!—
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
Do thou, O Lord! our parish-pastor bless,
That he, with knowledge grace and pow'r, may preach
The Word of Life, and with desir'd success,
Thy servants from the sacred Gospel teach.
"A Prayer For Them, Who Go To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Margaret was always willing to work for her bread,
Sometimes she herded cows without any dread,
Besides sometimes she was allowed to ring the parish bell,
And for doing so she was always paid right well.
"John Rouat the Fisherman" by William Topaz McGonagall
Willy, my beauty, my eldest-born, the flower of the flock;
Never a man could fling him: for Willy stood like a rock.
`Here's a leg for a babe of a week!' says doctor; and he would be bound,
There was not his like that year in twenty parishes round.
"The Grandmother" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Cyril 's Parish upcoming events.
Bernard Parish loses housing battle two different ways: Jarvis DeBerry .
Housing bias in St Bernard Parish is proving costly in the long run.
Diehard Orleans Parish defense lawyer Clyde Merritt, near death, hailed after long career.
Unlike his three competitors in the race for Orleans Parish district attorney, Jason Williams never worked for former District Attorney Harry Connick.
Parish Electric Generating Station in Thompsons, Texas.
Jefferson Parish School Board will hire attorney to look into school closures, desegregation policy claims.
The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has effectively killed a proposed timetable for considering revisions to the district's desegregation plan by voting to delay the discussion until the next meeting.
Avoyelles Parish Schools Superintendent Dwayne Lemoine can see the end of the desegregation lawsuit against the district that has been in the courts for more than 40 years.
And one previously contentious issue is fading from prominence in these rural parishes.
A spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 251 W Spruce Ave, Ravenna.
Parish of St Benedict hosting education discussion for community Oct 17.
When I was a boy and then a young man I hung out at a playground situated on just over two acres in the middle of St Mark’s parish in Dorchester.
A student in St Mary Parish took a picture of the bus driver allegedly texting while driving the bus Tuesday morning.
Search and rescue personnel located a missing hunter alive at 12:45 pm Nov 13, on the bank of Grand Lake in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

In science:

Other interesting scenarios, not addressed in this review, refer to the interplay between unequal masses and unequal populations of the two spin components (see, e.g., Wu, Pao and Yip, 2006; Iskin and S´a de Melo, 2006b; Parish et al., 2007b; Iskin and S´a de Melo, 2007a).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Gilkey, ”Invariance Theory, The Heat Equation, And the Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem”, Mathematics Lecture Series vol. 11, Publish or Parish, Inc.
Ray Singer Analytic Torsion of Calabi Yau manifolds I
Barnes. ‘Class and Committees in a Norwegian Island Parish’.
Mathematical model of interest matchmaking in electronic social networks