[ puh-roh-kee-uh l ]
/ pəˈroʊ ki əl /


of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes: parochial churches in Great Britain.
of or relating to parochial schools or the education they provide.
very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial views; a parochial mentality.

Origin of parochial

1350–1400; late Middle English parochialle < Late Latin parochiālis (see parish, -al1); replacing Middle English parochiele < Anglo-French parochiel < Late Latin as above

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British Dictionary definitions for parochial

/ (pəˈrəʊkɪəl) /


narrow in outlook or scope; provincial
of or relating to a parish or parishes

Derived forms of parochial

parochialism, nounparochiality, nounparochially, adverb

Word Origin for parochial

C14: via Old French from Church Latin parochiālis; see parish
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