- 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 parochialleRelated formspa·ro·chi·al·ly, adverbpa·ro·chi·al·ness, nounin·ter·pa·ro·chi·al, adjectivein·ter·pa·ro·chi·al·ly, adverbin·ter·pa·ro·chi·al·ness, nounnon·pa·ro·chi·al, adjectivenon·pa·ro·chi·al·ly, adverbsem·i·pa·ro·chi·al, adjectiveun·pa·ro·chi·al, adjectiveun·pa·ro·chi·al·ly, adverb
< Late Latin parochiālis
); replacing Middle English parochiele
< Anglo-French parochiel
< Late Latin
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Examples from the Web for parochially
Historical Examples of parochially
It's the best thing that's happened yet, that is, parochially.
Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
If this scheme should prove oppressive, provincially or parochially, he was willing to give it up.
British Dictionary definitions for parochially
Derived Formsparochialism, nounparochiality, nounparochially, adverb
- narrow in outlook or scope; provincial
- of or relating to a parish or parishes
Word Origin for parochial
C14: via Old French from Church Latin parochiālis; see parish
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Word Origin and History for parochially
late 14c., "pertaining to a parish," from Anglo-French parochiel (late 13c.), from Old French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis "of a parish" (c.600), from parochia (see parish).
Figurative sense, "limited, narrow," as if confined to a small region, is from 1856 (also see parochialism). Parochial school is attested from 1755.
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