par·​kour | \ pär-ˈku̇r How to pronounce parkour (audio) , ˈpär-ˌku̇r\

Definition of parkour

: the sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing, or leaping rapidly and efficiently

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Different segments of the series have offered up addendums to the basic conceit, starting with an open world and a flexible parkour system. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 Kelley teaches a form of natural movement with roots in parkour, and his classes take place in parks. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Grown-ups and kids play, jump and climb together during Rafe Kelley’s outdoor movement classes," 23 Aug. 2018 Verdict: Xbox One owners in need of an action-parkour fix should buy, buy, buy. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 Here’s what happened: On Sunday night, Lana tweeted that her fitness goals were aligned with The Rock, but that her fitness reality was more akin to a meme of The Office boss, Michael Scott, doing parkour. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor and The Rock Just Had the Best Twitter Exchange," 28 Aug. 2018 Dying Light 2, a sequel to my favorite zombie parkour game. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Biggest Surprises (and Missed Opportunities) of the E3 Press Conferences," 12 June 2018 Residents will be able to vote on their preferred uses in the coming months: Pitches so far include an amphitheater, a dog park and an adult exercise space with features for parkour — an activity a bit like running an obstacle course. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘They’re kind of mesmerizing’: These nine goats draw spectators while clearing an overgrown Maryland park," 25 May 2018 Lately, West’s free thought seems more akin to parkour: stunt after stunt after stunt, executed with high risk and speed at great heights. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "What do Donald Trump and Kanye West see in each other? The answer is clear.," 26 Apr. 2018 The title grants him enough parkour powers to run up the speechless invaders and lop their heads off. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Extinction review: Shadow of the colossal disappointment," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of parkour

2002, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parkour

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

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