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[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
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English parochialle < Late Latin parochiālis (see parish, -al1); replacing Middle English parochiele < Anglo-French parochiel < Late Latin as above
Related forms
parochially, adverb
parochialness, noun
interparochial, adjective
interparochially, adverb
interparochialness, noun
nonparochial, adjective
nonparochially, adverb
semiparochial, adjective
unparochial, adjective
unparochially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for parochial
  • British politicians are a bit of a parochial bunch, in the main.
  • We were taught this in parochial elementary school.
  • It seems that it is the artist who is parochial.
  • That view is too parochial.
  • They are no longer officially worn by the parochial clergy.
  • They have always been parochial with their products.
  • He later attended parochial and prep schools, and entered Princeton for one term, after which he was expelled for rowdyism.
  • If you think teachers are underpaid, teachers in parochial schools make much, much less.
  • Now they find a life form that doesn't obey our parochial definition of how they should live.
  • Ultimately what makes many non-believers turn their heads away from your position is that it is so parochial in view.
British Dictionary definitions for parochial


narrow in outlook or scope; provincial
of or relating to a parish or parishes
Derived Forms
parochialism, noun
parochiality, noun
parochially, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Church Latin parochiālis; see parish
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Word Origin and History for parochial

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
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