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Meaning of parish

par•ish

Pronunciation: (par'ish), [key]
— n.
  1. an ecclesiastical district having its own church and member of the clergy.
  2. a local church with its field of activity.
  3. (in Louisiana) a county.
  4. the people of an ecclesiastical or civil parish.
  5. house (def. 20).
    1. receiving charity from local authorities.
    2. Informal.meagerly or inadequately supplied.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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