one of the community or inhabitants of a parish.

Origin of parishioner

1425–75; late Middle English; earlier parishion, Middle English paroschian, -ien, -en < Old French paroissien. See parish, -ian, -er1
Related formspa·rish·ion·er·ship, nounnon·pa·rish·ion·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a member of a particular parish
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Word Origin and History for parishioner

mid-15c., with -er (1), from earlier parishen "parishioner" (c.1200), from Old French paroissien, parochien, from paroisse (see parish). Doublet form parochian was obsolete by 1700.

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