1. Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish.
2. Of or relating to parochial schools.
3. Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial attitudes.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parochiālis, from parochia, diocese; see PARISH.]
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