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 Dictionary entry overview: What does parochial mean? 

PAROCHIAL (adjective)
  The adjective PAROCHIAL has 2 senses:

1. relating to or supported by or located in a parish
2. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope

  Familiarity information: PAROCHIAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PAROCHIAL (adjective)

Sense 1parochial [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to or supported by or located in a parish

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

parochial schools


parish (the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor)

Sense 2parochial [BACK TO TOP]


Narrowly restricted in outlook or scope


parochial; insular

Context examples:

little sympathy with parochial mentality / insular attitudes toward foreigners


provincial (characteristic of the provinces or their people)

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