parkour

noun

par·​kour pär-ˈku̇r How to pronounce parkour (audio)
ˈpär-ˌku̇r
: the sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing, or leaping rapidly and efficiently

Examples of parkour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since then, he's proved his skills range much farther than punching and parkour. Christian Holub, EW.com, 16 Feb. 2023 Plus, there are still plenty of side objectives to explore, parkour and climbing challenges, and historical footnotes to find, explaining the location and culture of each era. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 Similarly, some of the parkour elements are a bit off—a move that’s meant to fling you up to higher ledges more often throws you sideways, while the move to leap horizontal gaps rarely connects—but level design is considerate enough to almost always have multiple ways to reach objectives. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 In January 2020, Scobell shared footage of himself performing some next-level parkour in Newport Beach, California. Emma Kershaw, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 The kids participate in activities ranging from parkour camp to soccer and theater. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2023 The researchers used two-stage reinforcement learning to train the parkour algorithm. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, 5 Oct. 2023 There will also be a parkour course, a bounce house, and more. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2023 Ben is currently into parkour, an impressive skill that the youngest Travolta has taken on. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 27 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, alteration of parcours course, route, from Medieval Latin percursus, from Latin percurrere to run through, from per- + currere to run

First Known Use

2002, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parkour was in 2002

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Cite this Entry

“Parkour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parkour. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

parkour

noun
par·​kour pär-ˈku̇r How to pronounce parkour (audio)
ˈpär-ˌku̇r
: the sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing, or leaping rapidly and efficiently
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