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

Examples of parkour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Ninja Course Adventure Kids ages 4-13 can participate in a fitness course at Washington Township Park that includes running trails, a fitness challenge and parkour. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "9 best things to do with kids in Indianapolis in July," 3 July 2019 When: 2-7 p.m. Thursday Where: The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Details: Parkour Class teaches the fundamentals of parkour moves and techniques, including rolling, vaulting, climbing, balancing, jumping and landing. Houston Chronicle, "Fun, family-friendly events in Houston for July 4th and beyond," 27 June 2019 Kids will have their own workshops too, with parkour and high-intensity training classes geared toward little ones. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 20 June 2019 Other vendors sell tickets to theme parks that are billed as field trips, or extracurricular activities that are billed as P.E., including parkour classes, acting classes, ice skating lessons, horseback riding lessons and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Home school charters’ let families use state dollars to buy Disneyland tickets, horseback riding lessons and more," 16 June 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'parkour.' 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 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about parkour

Statistics for parkour

Last Updated

9 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for parkour

The first known use of parkour was in 2002

See more words from the same year

Comments on parkour

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


having no luck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

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!