[puh-roh-kee-uh l]


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
Related 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parochially

Historical Examples of parochially

  • It's the best thing that's happened yet, that is, parochially.

    August First

    Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray

  • If this scheme should prove oppressive, provincially or parochially, he was willing to give it up.

    Lord Chatham

    Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery

British Dictionary definitions for parochially



narrow in outlook or scope; provincial
of or relating to a parish or parishes
Derived Formsparochialism, nounparochiality, nounparochially, adverb

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper