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[pahrk] /pɑrk/
[muhng-goh] /ˈmʌŋ goʊ/ (Show IPA),
1771–1806? Scottish explorer in Africa.
Robert E. 1864–1944, U.S. sociologist. Unabridged
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a large area of land preserved in a natural state for recreational use by the public See also national park
a piece of open land in a town with public amenities
(NZ) an area, esp of mountain country, reserved for recreational purposes
a large area of land forming a private estate
(English law) an enclosed tract of land where wild beasts are protected, acquired by a subject by royal grant or prescription Compare forest (sense 5)
an area designed and landscaped to accommodate a group of related enterprises, businesses, research establishments, etc: science park
(US & Canadian) See amusement park
(US & Canadian, NZ) See car park
(US & Canadian) a playing field or sports stadium
(Brit, informal) the park, a soccer pitch
a gear selector position on the automatic transmission of a motor vehicle that acts as a parking brake
the area in which the equipment and supplies of a military formation are assembled
a high valley surrounded by mountains in the western US
to stop and leave (a vehicle) temporarily
to manoeuvre (a motor vehicle) into a space for it to be left: try to park without hitting the kerb
(stock exchange) to register (securities) in the name of another or of nominees in order to conceal their real ownership
(transitive) (informal) to leave or put somewhere: park yourself in front of the fire
(intransitive) (military) to arrange equipment in a park
(transitive) to enclose in or as a park
Derived Forms
parklike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French parc, from Medieval Latin parricus enclosure, from Germanic; compare Old High German pfarrih pen, Old English pearrucpaddock1


Mungo (ˈmʌŋɡəʊ). 1771–1806, Scottish explorer. He led two expeditions (1795–97; 1805–06) to trace the course of the Niger in Africa. He was drowned during the second expedition
Nick, full name Nicholas Wulstan Park. born 1958, British animator and film director; his films include A Grand Day Out (1992), which introduced the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the feature-length Chicken Run (2000)
Chung Hee. (ˈtʃʊŋ ˈhiː). 1917–79, South Korean politician; president of the Republic of Korea (1963–79); assassinated
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Word Origin and History for mungo park



mid-13c., "enclosed preserve for beasts of the chase," from Old French parc "enclosed wood or heath land used as a game preserve" (12c.), probably ultimately from West Germanic *parruk "enclosed tract of land" (cf. Old English pearruc, root of paddock (n.2), Old High German pfarrih "fencing about, enclosure," German pferch "fold for sheep," Dutch park).

Internal evidence suggests the West Germanic word is pre-4c. and originally meant the fencing, not the place enclosed. Found also in Medieval Latin as parricus "enclosure, park" (8c.), which likely is the direct source of the Old French word, as well as Italian parco, Spanish parque, etc. Some claim the Medieval Latin word as the source of the West Germanic, but the reverse seems more likely. Some later senses in English represent later borrowings from French. OED discounts notion of a Celtic origin. Welsh parc, Gaelic pairc are from English.

Meaning "enclosed lot in or near a town, for public recreation" is first attested 1660s, originally in reference to London; the sense evolution is via royal parks in the original, hunting sense being overrun by the growth of London and being opened to the public. Applied to sporting fields in American English from 1867.

New York's Park Avenue as an adjective meaning "luxurious and fashionable" (1956) was preceded in the same sense by London's Park Lane (1880). As a surname, Parker "keeper of a park" is attested in English from mid-12c. As a vehicle transmission gear, park (n.) is attested from 1949.


1812, "to arrange military vehicles in a park," from park (n.) in a limited sense of "enclosure for military vehicles" (attested from 1680s). General non-military meaning "to put (a vehicle) in a certain place" is first recorded 1844. Related: Parked; parking. Park-and-ride is from 1966.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mungo park



  1. To put or place; locate: Park yourself anywhere, I'll be right back (1922+)
  2. To manipulate records illegally so as to conceal true ownership of stocks: If you're caught ''parking'' stock, your defense is everybody does it but I didn't know it was going on (1990s+)

Related Terms

ballpark, ballpark figure

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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