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County vs Parish – What’s the difference?

County vs Parish - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between county and parish is that county is (historical) the land ruled by a count or a countess while parish is in the anglican, eastern orthodox and catholic church or certain civil government entities such as the state of louisiana, an administrative part of a diocese that has its own church.





  • (historical) The land ruled by a count or a countess.
  • An administrative region of various countries, including Bhutan, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • A definitive geographic region, without direct administrative functions.
  • traditional county

    Usage notes

    * In American usage, counties are almost always designated as such, with the word “County” capitalized and following the name — e.g., “Lewis County”, rarely “Lewis”, and never “County Lewis.”
    * In British usage, counties are referenced without designation — e.g. “Kent” and never “Kent County”. The exception is Durham, which is often “County Durham” (but never “Durham County”). An organisation such as Kent County Council is the “County Council” of “Kent” and not the “Council” of “Kent County”.
    * In Irish usage, counties are frequently referenced, but like Durham precede the name — e.g., “County Cork” or “Cork” and never “Cork County.”

    Derived terms

    * countyhood
    * countywide
    * another county heard from
    * traditional county


    (en adjective )

  • Characteristic of a ‘county family’; representative of the gentry or aristocracy of a county.
  • *1979 , , Smiley’s People , Folio Society 2010, p. 274:
  • *:She was a tall girl and county , with Hilary’s walk: she seemed to topple even when she sat.
  • parish


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) paroche, parosse, from (etyl) paroisse, from .


    (wikipedia parish )

  • In the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church or certain civil government entities such as the state of Louisiana, an administrative part of a diocese that has its own church.
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    , passage=With some of it on the south and more of it on the north of the great main thoroughfare that connects Aldgate and the East India Docks, St.?Bede’s at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London.}}

  • The community attending that church; the members of the parish.
  • (US) 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.
  • A civil subdivision of a British county, often corresponding to an earlier ecclesiastical parish.
  • An administrative subdivision in Louisiana that is equivalent to a county in other U.S. states.
  • Derived terms

    * parishioner
    * parish church
    * parish register

    See also

    * parochial



  • (lb) To place (an area, or rarely a person) into one or more es.
  • * 1917 , Annual Report of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Board of Home Missions and Church Extension, page 70:
  • * 1972 , Winter’s Tales from Ireland , volume 2, page 55:
  • Father Malachy, a distant cousin, who was parished somewhere in the depths of Co. Monaghan, sat firmly in the chair in the corner, sipping his tea from a china cup.
  • * 1991‘, Melissa Bradley Kirkpatrick, ”Re-”’parishing the Countryside: Progressivism and Religious Interests in Rural Life Reform, 1908-1934
  • * 1992 , Parish and town councils in England: a survey , pages 17 and 21:
  • Consequently, approaching half of the non-metropolitan population of England is parished (Table 2.2).
    The South West and East Midlands are also particularly well parished‘ while the North West, West Midlands and South East are poorly ‘ parished .
  • * 2011 , Sustainable development in the Localism Bill: third report (ISBN 0215557050), page 5
  • Dr Whitehead: In your written evidence, you have all in different ways made the distinction between NDOs in parished areas and NDOs in non-parished areas,
  • To visit residents of a parish.
  • * 1896 , Mrs. Humphry Ward, Sir George Tressady , volume 1 (ISBN 3842496737):
  • a chair immediately opposite to Tressady’s place remained vacant. It was being kept for the eldest son of the house, his mother explaining carelessly to Lord Fontenoy that she believed he was “Out parishing somewhere, as usual.”
  • * 1903 , Maxwell Gray, Richard Rosny , page 210:
  • “You will take pleasure in parishing‘. Mother used to ‘ parish .”
    “How do you know I like parishing ?”
    “Your uncle said so.”
    “Oh! did he?”
    “And you may like the rectory people; it’s a fine old house, and often full of visitors.”
  • * 1921 , Margaret Pedler, The Splendid Folly , page 46:
  • “Are you going ‘parishing ’ this morning?” inquired Diana, as she watched him fill and light his pipe.
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  • Etymology 2