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par·​rot ˈper-ət How to pronounce parrot (audio)
: any of numerous widely distributed tropical birds (order Psittaciformes and especially family Psittacidae) that are often crested and brightly colored, have a distinctive stout hooked bill and zygodactyl feet, and include some excellent mimics
: a person who sedulously echoes another's words
parrot adjective


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parroted; parroting; parrots

transitive verb

: to repeat by rote

Examples of parrot in a Sentence

Verb Some of the students were just parroting what the teacher said. the toddler parroted everything her father said, often to the latter's embarrassment
Recent Examples on the Web
Flocks of sparrows and parrots chirp and squawk in the palms overhead. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 9 June 2024 Ask to see the parrots and parakeets that live on the property. Ruth C. White, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Jan. 2023
In India, media outlets rely heavily on advertising from the government and its companies, and when media outlets parrot the party line, they are rewarded with ads and ministerial attendance at their lucrative business events. Rohit Lamba, Foreign Affairs, 28 May 2024 In typical conversations about politics, people often begin simply by parroting familiar talking points from their political tribe. Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for parrot 

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Word History



probably modification of Middle French perroquet

First Known Use


circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parrot was circa 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Parrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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par·​rot ˈpar-ət How to pronounce parrot (audio)
: any of numerous usually brightly colored tropical birds marked by a strong hooked bill, by toes arranged in pairs with two in front and two behind, and often by the ability to mimic speech
: a person who repeats the words of others without understanding what they mean


2 of 2 verb
: to repeat words like a parrot

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