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parish

  

      n  
1    a subdivision of a diocese, having its own church and a clergyman  
   Related adj       parochial  
2    the churchgoers of such a subdivision  
3    (in England and, formerly, Wales) the smallest unit of local government in rural areas  
4    (in Louisiana) a unit of local government corresponding to a county in other states of the U.S.  
5    the people living in a parish  
6    on the parish     (History)   receiving parochial relief  
     (C13: from Old French paroisse, from Church Latin parochia, from Late Greek paroikia, from paroikos Christian, sojourner, from Greek: neighbour, from para-1 (beside) + oikos house)  


parish clerk  
      n   a person designated to assist in various church duties  
parish council  
      n   (in England and, formerly, Wales) the administrative body of a parish  
   See       parish       3  
parish pump  
      adj   of only local interest; parochial  
parish register  
      n   a book in which the births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths in a parish are recorded  
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