Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.
a parochial self-interest
a parochial church council
This is the American English definition of parochial. View British English definition of parochial.
Change your default dictionary and thesaurus to British English.
View the pronunciation for parochial.
English version of definition of parochial
a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used
an area of ground where dead people are buried
a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …
A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.
American definition of parochial from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.