see also: Parish
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpæɹɪʃ/, /ˈpɛɹɪʃ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈpæɹɪʃ/

parish (plural parishes)

  1. In the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran and Roman Catholic Church, an administrative part of a diocese that has its own church.
  2. The community attending that church; the members of the parish.
  3. (US) 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.
  4. A civil subdivision of a British county, often corresponding to an earlier ecclesiastical parish.
  5. An administrative subdivision in the U.S. state of Louisiana that is equivalent to a county in other U.S. states.
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parish (parishes, present participle parishing; past and past participle parished)

  1. (transitive) To place (an area, or rarely a person) into one or more parishes.
    • 1917, Annual Report of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Board of Home Missions and Church Extension, page 70:
      […] [m]akes possible, through the aid of the rural ministers, the development of the various phases of the District program, such as (a) Parishing of the District; (b) Interdenominational adjustment in the interest of rural religious advance […]
    • 1972, Winter's Tales from Ireland, volume 2, page 55:
      Father Malachy, a distant cousin, who was parished somewhere in the depths of Co. Monaghan, sat firmly in the chair in the corner, sipping his tea from a china cup.
    • 1991, Melissa Bradley Kirkpatrick, Re-parishing the Countryside: Progressivism and Religious Interests in Rural Life Reform, 1908-1934
    • 1992, Parish and town councils in England: a survey, pages 17 and 21:
      Consequently, approaching half of the non-metropolitan population of England is parished (Table 2.2).
      The South West and East Midlands are also particularly well parished while the North West, West Midlands and South East are poorly parished.
    • 2011, Sustainable development in the Localism Bill: third report ISBN 0215557050, page 5
      Dr Whitehead: In your written evidence, you have all in different ways made the distinction between NDOs in parished areas and NDOs in non-parished areas, […]
  2. (intransitive) To visit residents of a parish.
    • 1896, Mrs. Humphry Ward, Sir George Tressady, volume 1 ISBN 3842496737:
      […] a chair immediately opposite to Tressady's place remained vacant. It was being kept for the eldest son of the house, his mother explaining carelessly to Lord Fontenoy that she believed he was "Out parishing somewhere, as usual."
    • 1903, Maxwell Gray, Richard Rosny, page 210:
      "You will take pleasure in parishing. Mother used to parish."
      "How do you know I like parishing?"
      "Your uncle said so."
      "Oh! did he?"
      "And you may like the rectory people; it's a fine old house, and often full of visitors."
    • 1921, Margaret Pedler, The Splendid Folly, page 46:
      "Are you going ‘parishing’ this morning?" inquired Diana, as she watched him fill and light his pipe.

parish (parishes, present participle parishing; past and past participle parished)

  1. Pronunciation spelling of perish#English|perish, representing Mary-marry-merry English.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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