\ ˈpärk How to pronounce park (audio) \

Definition of park

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an enclosed piece of ground stocked with game and held by royal prescription or grant
b : a tract of land that often includes lawns, woodland, and pasture attached to a country house and is used as a game preserve and for recreation
2a : a piece of ground in or near a city or town kept for ornament and recreation
b : an area maintained in its natural state as a public property
3a : a space occupied by military vehicles, materials, or animals
4 : an enclosed arena or stadium used especially for ball games
5 : an area designed for a specified type of use (such as industrial, commercial, or residential use) amusement parks
out of the park
baseball : over the fence for a home run swung at a fastball and hit/knocked it out of the park often used figuratively You're about to start a race or step onstage, and you want to knock it out of the park. [=to excel; to perform extremely well]— Jeanine Detz Pepi is doing a great job lately making inexpensive white wines, and with this Sauvignon Blanc, the winery really knocks it out of the park.— Steve Heimoff


parked; parking; parks

Definition of park (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a park
2a(1) : to bring (a vehicle) to a stop and keep standing at the edge of a public way
(2) : to leave temporarily on a public way or in a parking lot or garage
b : to land and leave (an aircraft) in an assigned or accessible location
c : to establish (something, such as a satellite) in orbit
3a : to set and leave temporarily parked his book on the chair
b : to place, settle, or establish especially for a considerable time kids parked in front of the TV

intransitive verb

: to park a vehicle


biographical name
\ ˈpärk How to pronounce Park (audio) \

Definition of Park (Entry 3 of 3)

Mungo 1771–1806 Scottish explorer

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from park


parklike \ ˈpärk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce parklike (audio) \ adjective


parker noun

Synonyms for park

Synonyms: Noun

demesne, ground, premises (also premisses), yard

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of park in a Sentence


We went for a walk in the park. New York City's Central Park. The nation's parks are a popular destination for tourists. He hit the ball out of the park. a rugby game in Eden Park


I couldn't find anywhere to park. I parked on the street. I parked the car on the street. Cars are only allowed to park on the right side of this street. The bus parked behind the museum. Park your bags in the hallway. She parked the money in a savings account and forgot about it for several years.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The video, which dropped at 9 AM EST on October 10, features Camila walking through a park in the fall, wearing a pink coat and singing, as apparitions of herself and Dylan in happier times flit before her eyes. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Dylan Sprouse and Camila Cabello Kiss in New "Consequences" Music Video," 10 Oct. 2018 According to The Gainesville Sun, the 65-page ruling came from the review of 30 consolidated court cases involving Disney parks in Florida and California. Fox News, "30 lawsuits against Disney Resorts from autistic visitors move forward," 2 Oct. 2018 The Netherlands is experiencing an underground bike-park boom, as cities race each other to build the largest. The Economist, "The Dutch underground bicycle-park arms race," 12 July 2018 In this case, developers offered to restore the mansion and maintain green space for residents to use on the property’s expansive lawn, which has historically functioned as a community park in West Towson. Libby Solomon,, "Widespread support, a couple passionate detractors at Bosley Estates public meeting," 12 July 2018 That 139-acre tax district would include a neighborhood park in its northwest corner. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek could spend $30 million for new business park which might land Foxconn suppliers," 9 July 2018 Olivia Orozco singled to left field and scored on an inside-the-park home run to right field by Isabella Barerra. Jeff Tully,, "Burbank 8-10 All-Stars softball falls short of title," 4 July 2018 As a precaution the park in Boone County has also closed an access road to the lake as well as a nearby picnic shelter. Nancy Daly,, "Fish moved from lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site," 4 July 2018 Yes, this place is so popular that there’s an amusement-park style turnstile in front of the deli counter. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Even after the latest cut, banks must park 15.5% of their assets at the central bank as reserves, earning meagre interest. The Economist, "China starts easing monetary policy. Or does it?," 30 June 2018 The victim parked his car in the front row of the parking lot and, with his two children, went into the sheriff’s department, 2755 Indiana 49, to get a crash report. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Hobart man stole phone from car in sheriff's parking lot while turning himself in on separate warrant: police," 28 June 2018 At a cornfield near Granjeno, Texas, Medina abruptly parked his car and ran into the muddy rows of corn stalks after the suspect, as a Marine helicopter circled overhead and radioed the suspect's location. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "'It's a game of hide-and-seek': A look at how Border Patrol apprehends illegal immigrants," 21 June 2018 Because, hey, all those superproductive folks who worked four hours a day didn’t just park their brains during their off-hours. Clive Thompson, WIRED, "Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done," 16 June 2018 The Daya Bay experiment parks its detectors near some nuclear reactors, which pump out enormous numbers of neutrinos. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Weird neutrino excess won’t go away, hints at new physics," 8 June 2018 The officer parked his car and approached Qualls, showing his badge. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Illinois Man Arrested for Hate Crime After Yelling Racial Slurs at Black Woman Dropping Daughter Off at School: Report," 22 May 2018 Surveillance cameras recorded a thief approaching his vehicle around 4:20 a.m. on the last Saturday in May. It was parked close to the Macomb Township home with exterior lights shining brightly. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Why you might want to wrap your car fob in foil," 6 July 2018 It’s harder to track hunters’ cars when they’re parked at the edge of a cul-de-sac or an empty lot instead of a dirt road. Rachel Jones, charlotteobserver, "He's Mecklenburg's only wildlife officer in a county with over 1 million people," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'park.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of park


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for park


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin parricus, from pre-Latin *parra pole, trellis

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about park

Dictionary Entries near park



parity bit




park and ride

Statistics for park

Last Updated

19 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for park

The first known use of park was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for park



English Language Learners Definition of park

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of public land in or near a city that is kept free of houses and other buildings and can be used for pleasure and exercise
: a large area of public land kept in its natural state to protect plants and animals
: a field or stadium where a sport (especially baseball) is played



English Language Learners Definition of park (Entry 2 of 2)

: to leave a car, truck, motorcycle, etc., in a particular place
of a car, truck, etc. : to be left in a particular place by a driver
: to temporarily leave (something) in a particular place


\ ˈpärk How to pronounce park (audio) \

Kids Definition of park

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an area of land set aside for recreation or for its beauty
2 : an enclosed field for ball games


parked; parking

Kids Definition of park (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stop a vehicle and leave it for a while Never park in front of a hydrant.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on park

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with park

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for park

Spanish Central: Translation of park

Nglish: Translation of park for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of park for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about park

Comments on park

What made you want to look up park? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to speak slightingly about or to degrade

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!