Pronunciation: (par'ish), [key]
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.