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[puh-rish-uh-ner] /pəˈrɪʃ ə nər/
one of the community or inhabitants of a parish.
Origin of parishioner
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; earlier parishion, Middle English paroschian, -ien, -en < Old French paroissien. See parish, -ian, -er1
Related forms
parishionership, noun
nonparishioner, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for parishioner
  • It is home to the spirit of a deceased parishioner who has been known to attend services.
  • It certainly seemed a rather summary method of repressing a refractory parishioner.
  • Their first encounter apparently set the pattern between pastor and parishioner whenever politics came up in church.
  • Some parishioner tried to grab it away from him in the church.
  • Privileged communications between a member of the clergy and a parishioner are exempt from this requirement.
British Dictionary definitions for parishioner


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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