par·​a·​keet | \ ˈper-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce parakeet (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of parakeet

: any of numerous usually small slender parrots with a long graduated tail

Examples of parakeet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police said Chehade walked into Critter Pet Shop in Allen Park on May 18 seeking to return a blue $30 parakeet. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 The parakeet’s impact on local species is still not fully understood, and studies are ongoing. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021 The recent college grad bought an orange Chevrolet Aveo in January, learned to drive stick shift and took in a parakeet named Breezy. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2021 The kids named the parakeet duo Little Yellow and Little Blue. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, 1 Mar. 2021 The front parlor features boldly striped black-and-white upholstered chairs; a leather sofa and chairs; and a bird cage for Rainbow and Snowflake, the parakeet parents. R. Stephanie Bruno,, 13 Jan. 2021 In the wild, ghost bats favor the flesh of the native budgerigar, an endearing parakeet that many households keep as a pet. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 5 Oct. 2020 For a first-time bird owner, a parakeet may be a good choice. Traci Howerton,, 30 Sep. 2020 The animals, which were all legal to own, included fish, geckos, anoles, chinchillas, parakeets, cockatiels, a rabbit, rats, a ball python, a European glass lizard, hamsters, a frog, and a water dragon. Gage Miskimen, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of parakeet

1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parakeet

Spanish & Middle French; Spanish periquito, from Middle French perroquet parrot

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The first known use of parakeet was in 1538

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4 Jun 2021

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“Parakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parakeet

: a small, brightly colored tropical bird that has a long tail and that is often kept as a pet


par·​a·​keet | \ ˈper-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce parakeet (audio) \

Kids Definition of parakeet

: a small parrot that has a long tail and is sometimes kept as a caged bird

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