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  1. the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a local church community Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction, with its own officers and regulations, as respects the poor, taxes, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An ecclesiastical society, usually not bounded by territorial limits, but composed of those persons who choose to unite under the charge of a particular priest, clergyman, or minister; also, loosely, the territory in which the members of a congregation live. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A church district under the charge of a clergyman; a congregation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Pertaining to, or maintained by, a church or congregation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A district under one pastor: an ecclesiastical district having officers of its own and supporting its own poor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Belonging or relating to a parish: employed or supported by the parish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A Hindu of the lowest caste; outcast. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. District under one pastor; district. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A religious congregation; an ecclesiastical district. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Belonging to or maintained by a parish. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A district under a secular priest of a pastor, and assigned to a particular church; those under the charge of a particular pastor. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. An ecclesiastical division of a town or country, subject to the oversight and ministry of one pastor; a district having its own offices for the legal care of the poor, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. Pert. to a parish; maintained by a parish. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. In English law. A circuit of ground, committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein. 1 Bl. Comm. 111. Wilson v. State, 34 Ohio St. 190. The precinct of a parish church, and the particular charge of a secular priest Cowell. An ecclesiastical division of a town or district, subject to the ministry of one pastor. Bramle. In New England. A corporation established for the maintenance of public worship, which may be coterminous with a town, or include only part of it A precinct or parish is a corporation established solely for the purpose of maintaining public worship, and its powers are limited to that object. It may raise money for building and keeping in repair its meeting-house and supporting its minister, but for no other purpose. A town is a civil and political corporation, established for municipal purposes. They may both subsist together in the same territory, and be composed of the same persons. Milford v. Godfrey, 1 Pick. (Mass.) 91. In Louisiana. A teiritorial division of the state corresponding to what is elsewhere called a "county." See Sherman v. Parish of Vermillion, 51 La. Ann. 880, 25 South. 538; Attorney General v. Detroit Common Council, 112 Mich. 148, 70 N. W. 450, 37 L. R. A. 211. thelawdictionary.org
  19. Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church; parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish; as, parish poor. mso.anu.edu.au
  20. A district of country of different extents. In the ecclesiastical law it signified the territory committed to the charge of a parson, vicar, or other minister. Ayl. Parerg. 404; 2 Bl. Com. 112. I> 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  21. par'ish, n. a district under one pastor: an ecclesiastical district having officers of its own and supporting its own poor: the people of a parish.--adj. belonging or relating to a parish: employed or supported by the parish.--n. PARISH'IONER, one who belongs to or is connected with a parish: a member of a parish church.--PARISH CLERK, the clerk or recording officer of a parish: the one who leads the responses in the service of the Church of England; PARISH PRIEST, a priest who has charge of a parish; PARISH REGISTER, a book in which the births, marriages, and deaths of a parish are registered. [Fr. paroisse--L. paroecia--Gr. paroikia--paroikos, dwelling beside--para, beside, oikos, a dwelling.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Subdivision of county, having its own church& clergyman; (also civil p.) district constituted for administration of Poor-law &c., as go on the p., receive parochial relief; the inhabitants of a p.; p. clerk, official performing various duties connected with the church, esp. (formerly) leading responses; p. council, local administrative body in rural civil p.; p. LANTERN; p.-register, book recording christenings, marriages, & burials, at p. church. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. In England the parish was, at the time of the settlement of America, the unit of local government. Its leading institutions were apparently adopted in the town government of the New England colonies, but in the Southern colonies were imitated exactly, with the same name. The Virginia parish, for instance, was usually a sub-division of the county. Besides its religious duties, the vestry of the parish had to choose churchwardens and with them to take charge of the poor, of public processioning of bounds, of the counting of tobacco, and of other administrative matters. They chose the clergyman and provided for his salary. In New England the word parish had only an ecclesiastical significance. In South Carolina the parish was the chief subdivision of the colony, there being no counties. In Louisiana the same is still true. Dictionary of United States history
  24. [Gr.] Originally a civil division ; then the district or diocese of the bishop ; afterwards an ecclesiastical division of a town or district placed under the ministry of one pastor. In England they are mentioned as early as the reign of Edgar, 970. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  25. n. [Latin, Greek] The precinct or territorial jurisdiction of a secular priest, as distinguished from a cathedral, conventual, or diocesan jurisdiction;—especially, a territorial district and the inhabitants thereof, committed to the charge of one vicar or other Christian minister, who officiates in the church and has the cure of souls within its bounds. Cabinet Dictionary

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