parishioner

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Mid 15th century, from earlier parishen (c. 1200), from Old French paroissien, parochien, from paroisse (English parish).[1] Equivalent to parish + -ian + -er.

Noun[edit]

parishioner ‎(plural parishioners)

  1. A member of a parish.

Translations[edit]

Trivia[edit]

One of three common words containing shion, which are cushion, fashion, and parishioner.[2][3] A variant spelling of the obsolete earlier form was parishion, which gives a third historical English word ending in -shion, not simply containing it.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ parishioner” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ The Word Circus: A Letter-perfect Book, by Richard Lederer, Dave Morice, 1998, p. 259
  3. 3.0 3.1 Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further Observations on the Tangled History of the English Language, Kate Burridge, 2005, p. 82, p. 184