- receiving charity from local authorities.
- Informal. meagerly or inadequately supplied.
Origin of parish
Examples from the Web for parish
Church bells pealed from St. Catherine of Siena parish one block away.
According to Wahlberg, his time in prison, as well as the guidance of a parish priest, helped him turn his life around.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite the multiple warnings, Bishop Finn chose to leave Ratigan in place in the parish.Will the Vatican Finally Hold This Kansas City Bishop Accountable?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The parish priest Father Michele Iacono, dressed in purple vestments, blessed the bodies and performed last rights en masse.
His first gig was with a drum-and-bugle corps put together by the parish priest.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou|John Ed Bradley|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I don't feel myself equal yet to the responsibilities of a parish.The Graftons|Archibald Marshall
The parish priest was received with respect and deference by all, even by the alferez.Friars and Filipinos|Jose Rizal
The minister of a parish in Dumfriesshire had a man who had long and faithfully served at the manse.Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character|Edward Bannerman Ramsay
In a parish near Glasgow, Eaglesham, eighty children are said to have died of smallpox in 1713.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
Thirty years ago, there dwelt an old man named Simon Cockburn, who followed the avocations of parish teacher and precentor.
British Dictionary definitions for parish
Word Origin for parish
Word Origin and History for parish
c.1300, "district with its own church; members of such a church," from Anglo-French paroche, parosse (late 11c.), Old French paroisse, from Late Latin parochia "a diocese," alteration of Late Greek paroikia "a diocese or parish," from paroikos "a sojourner" (in Christian writers), in classical Greek, "neighbor," from para- "near" (see para- (1)) + oikos "house" (see villa).
Sense development unclear, perhaps from "sojourner" as epithet of early Christians as spiritual sojourners in the material world. In early Church writing the word was used in a more general sense than Greek diokesis, though by 13c. they were synonymous. Replaced Old English preostscyr, literally "priest-shire."