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 They’ll be chased by an elite group of ultimate taggers who all specialize in various athletic skills, including parkour, stuntmen/stuntwoman and fitness trainers. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Watt brothers are returning to your TV -- not on the football field -- but as hosts of a competition game show," 19 May 2020 With youth sports on hold, car traffic down 75 percent or more throughout the country (according to the research firm StreetLightData), and cooped up kids doing parkour on living room furniture, family bike rides have never sounded better. New York Times, "How to Have a Safe Family Bike Ride," 18 May 2020 Think of the Mojave as a parkour specialist to the Rubicon's free climber. Bulking Up Jeep actually hinted at this a few years ago with its Sandstorm concept. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Leads Jeep to a New Sandbox," 17 Apr. 2020 The extended parkour sequences, delivered by parkour collective Storror, also deliver some real thrills. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Chocobo Racing," 21 Dec. 2019 For instance, for Spider-Man, the park is seeking a performer 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10 with an athletic, slender build with extensive background in stunts and theatrical combat, including acrobatic skills, tumbling, repelling and parkour. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney Holding Auditions for Avengers Campus Stunt Performers," 18 Feb. 2020 Among the squad of protagonists are a CIA dark agent, a former Delta Force sniper, a battle-ready doctor, a hitman, a parkour practitioner and a particularly excellent driver. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "6 Underground Fans Demand Netflix for Sequel to Ryan Reynolds Action Movie: 'Insanely Awesome!'," 18 Dec. 2019 There are shiatsu massages and facials at the spa, sportfishing for mahi-mahi and wahoo with no other boats around, surf lessons, laying down tracks in the recording studio, and hijinks on the outdoor parkour course. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Island Hopping in French Polynesia," 15 Nov. 2019 Her stunt double was Conrad Weitzel, a parkour athlete from Phoenix. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indigenous filmmaker flexes skills with playful ad project," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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27 May 2020

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“Parkour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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