From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Parish \Par"ish\, a.
   Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church;
   parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish;
   as, parish poor. --Dryden.
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   Parish clerk.
   (a) The clerk or recording officer of a parish.
   (b) A layman who leads in the responses and otherwise assists
       in the service of the Church of England.

   Parish court, in Louisiana, a court in each parish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

parish \par"ish\ (p[a^]r"[i^]sh), n. [OE. parishe, paresche,
   parosche, OF. paroisse, parosse, paroiche, F. paroisse, L.
   parochia, corrupted fr. paroecia, Gr. paroiki`a, fr.
   pa`roikos dwelling beside or near; para` beside + o'i^kos a
   house, dwelling; akin to L. vicus village. See Vicinity,
   and cf. Parochial.]
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   1. (Eccl. & Eng. Law)
      (a) That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one
          parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of
          souls therein. --Cowell.
      (b) The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction,
          with its own officers and regulations, as respects the
          poor, taxes, etc.
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   Note: Populous and extensive parishes are now divided, under
         various parliamentary acts, into smaller ecclesiastical
         districts for spiritual purposes. --Mozley & W.
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   2. 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. [U. S.]
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   3. In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county
      in other States.
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