Pronunciation: (par'ish),[key] —n. 1. an ecclesiastical district having its own church and member of the clergy.
2. a local church with its field of activity.
3. (in Louisiana) a county.
4. the people of an ecclesiastical or civil parish.
5. Curling.house (def. 20).
6. on the parish,Brit. a. receiving charity from local authorities.
b. Informal.meagerly or inadequately supplied.