para·​sail·​ing ˈper-ə-ˌsā-liŋ How to pronounce parasailing (audio)
: the recreational sport of soaring in a parachute while being towed usually by a motorboat

Example Sentences

They went parasailing while they were on vacation.
Recent Examples on the Web Couch was arrested Thursday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on a warrant for one charge of manslaughter and five counts of violation of commercial parasailing statutes, the commission said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 23 Sep. 2022 Couch did not check weather conditions prior to departing the Marathon Marina, or follow parasailing regulations, according to the FWC. Tre'vaughn Howard, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2022 The Florida state legislature passed new laws in 2014 after several fatal parasailing accidents. Landon Mion, Fox News, 1 June 2022 Water sports are a breeze as the island is located close to rental shops for surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, parasailing and jet skis. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 6 May 2022 The island seems perfect: The hotel staff throws a welcome party, complimentary cocktails are offered, and the calendar is stuffed with events like parasailing, dance classes, etc. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 24 July 2021 Water activities that are either available on site or that can be arranged through the concierge include scuba diving and snorkeling the world famous undersea life, jet skiing, parasailing or swimming with sharks and manta rays. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Beyond fishing, there's swimming, kayaking, parasailing, golfing, dolphin spotting, and birding to enjoy. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2021 In the clip, they can be seen hiking through jungles, parasailing, horseback riding and canoeing., 9 July 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parasailing was in 1965

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Cite this Entry

“Parasailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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