a. An administrative part of a diocese, especially an Anglican or Roman Catholic diocese, having its own church and a designated priest.
b. The members of such a parish; a religious community attending one church.
2. A political subdivision of a British county, usually corresponding in boundaries to an original ecclesiastical parish.
3. An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that corresponds to a county in other US states.
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