par·​ka | \ ˈpär-kə How to pronounce parka (audio) \

Definition of parka

1 : a hooded fur pullover garment for arctic wear
2 : a usually lined fabric outerwear pullover or jacket

Examples of parka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This knee-length parka features drawcord adjustments throughout, a protective flap over the zipper, elastic cuffs, and an extra-high neckline to fortify against the cold. Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 The person who surrendered this parka was the epitome of cool. Robert Klose, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2022 At a tower near the garage, by a sedan pancaked by a chunk of facade, a man huddled in a hooded sweatshirt and a red parka, smoking a cigarette. James Verini, New York Times, 19 May 2022 Jeff pulled his head and hands inside his parka to send and receive text messages, using a satellite device, with race marshal Mark Nordman. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 Welstead typically is at the scene well before students begin arriving, and during cold weather can be seen waiting in either his green SUV or his red Cadillac, before emerging in his parka and neon yellow vest ready to begin his shift. Karen Ann Cullotta,, 25 Mar. 2022 For Gomez’s Coney Island scene, her winter parka, long black scarf, and gray beanie render the pairing decidedly more casual. ELLE, 7 Mar. 2022 My son immediately tore off his down parka, kicked off his winter boots, and began running up and down our block of Garber Street in his shirtsleeves, hands spread like wings, celebrating the golden climate of California. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Maybe wear a parka, but with only a T-shirt underneath? Claire Friedman, The New Yorker, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of parka

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parka

Aleut, from Russian dialect, ultimately from Nenets (Samoyedic language of northern Russia)

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30 Jul 2022

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“Parka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of parka

: a warm windproof jacket with a hood

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