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 Loveland police are asking for help in reuniting a runaway, or rather a flyaway parakeet with its owner, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2022 The missing parakeet was found only a couple of miles from Nathan’s home. Tribune News Service, al, 2 Jan. 2022 Accordingly, the treasures range from vintage books by the late Detroit poet laureate Naomi Long Madgett to $2,100 Bottega Veneta roller skates, in parakeet of course. Rory Satran, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 The family lived in Panguana full-time with a German shepherd, Lobo, and a parakeet, Florian, in a wooden hut propped on stilts, with a roof of palm thatch. New York Times, 18 June 2021 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 See More

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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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“Parakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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