par·​a·​keet ˈper-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce parakeet (audio)
: any of numerous usually small slender parrots with a long graduated tail

Examples of parakeet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The birds represented a variety of species, including macaws, grey parrots, cockatoos and parakeets. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 Bautista, for instance, voices a character called the Parakeet King, while Tony Revolori and Dan Stevens voice other anthropomorphic parakeets., 17 Oct. 2023 Exhibits included stingrays and sharks gliding in their saltwater tanks while parakeets flutter in their small aviary. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Feb. 2024 Mary said that Hilton had left much of his estate to her husband, including his parakeet. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2024 But four of the family’s parakeets were killed, while nine others and a cockatoo survived. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 The activity book consists of 10 pages with animals like dogs, cats, hamsters, parakeets, lizards, and fish. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 The new findings suggested that the parakeets are actually using something else for individual recognition. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 3 Oct. 2023 In it, a 12-year-old boy travels through space and time, befriending magical creatures and battling giant, menacing parakeets in what feels like a profound parable for death and climate change. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parakeet was in 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Parakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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par·​a·​keet ˈpar-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce parakeet (audio)
: any of numerous usually small slender parrots with a long tail

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