from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish.
- adj. Of or relating to parochial schools.
- adj. Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial attitudes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to a parish.
- adj. Characterized by an unsophisticated focus on local concerns to the exclusion of wider contexts; elementary in scope or outlook.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a parish; restricted to a parish.
- adj. Limited; narrow; having or characterized by narrow interests centered on oneself or one's local community; narrow-minded; provincial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a parish: as, a parochial custom.
- Local; provincial; narrow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
- adj. relating to or supported by or located in a parish
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parochiālis, from parochia, diocese; see parish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman parochial and its source Late Latin parochialis, an alteration of paroecialis ("of a church province"), from paroecia, from Hellenistic Greek παροικία (paroikia, "stay in a foreign land") , later “community, diocese”, from Ancient Greek πάροικος (paroikos, "neighbouring, neighbour"), from παρα- (para-) + οἶκος (oikos, "house"). (Wiktionary)