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 There is a perverse joy to watching growling zombies on a casino floor, doing parkour on the roulette tables, and then watching bullets whizz through their brains with a burst of blood. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 There are ropes courses, a zip line, ninja warrior challenges and parkour. John Pana, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 Yang ventured into rap and street dance and rose to the top of rankings; Hu did parkour despite back injuries and nailed every performance. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 These athletes may have more familiarity with different, edgy sports like breakdancing, sport climbing, parkour, wushu and skateboarding. Karen Weaver, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Boston Dynamics has racked up hundreds of millions of YouTube views with viral clips of its futuristic, legged robots dancing together, doing parkour, and working in a warehouse. Will Knight, Wired, 22 Feb. 2021 Last year, Boston Dynamics showed Atlas performing parkour tricks, including backflips, aerial somersaults and 360-degree turn-around jumps. David Goldman, CNN, 30 Dec. 2020 Since switching to parkour in 2015, Sollfrank hasn't looked back. Ben Morse, CNN, 22 Dec. 2020 All increases were rejected, including ocean rowing and parkour, and changes were allowed only at the expense of existing events being dropped. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020

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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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26 May 2021

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“Parkour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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