1 a subdivision of a diocese, having its own church and a clergyman
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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
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)
n a person designated to assist in various church duties
n (in England and, formerly, Wales) the administrative body of a parish
adj of only local interest; parochial
n a book in which the births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths in a parish are recorded
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