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[par-uh-keet] /ˈpær əˌkit/
any of numerous small, slender parrots, usually having a long, pointed, graduated tail, often kept as pets and noted for the ability to mimic speech: several species are endangered.
Also, paraquet, paroquet, parrakeet, parroket, parroquet.
Origin of parakeet
1575-85; < Middle French paroquet parrot, apparently originally a diminutive of P(i)errot, diminutive of Pierre Peter, as a name for a parrot; the modern form and its earlier variants have been influenced by Italian parrocchetto and Spanish periquito (both ultimately < MF) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for parakeet
Contemporary Examples
  • There are a thousand ways to get the public on your side; talking about your wife like she is a parakeet isn't one of them.

Historical Examples
  • Mr. parakeet was gasping slowly and gazing round in a circle.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • He smirked and made a face at the parakeet who did its best to smirk back.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • Except for the two men and the parakeet, the Vulture was deserted.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • As a parakeet, he was chained by the tough silk cord that bound his bird's foot.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • My dear Cleek, couldn't a parakeet be made to swallow a pearl?

    Cleek, the Master Detective

    Thomas W. Hanshew
  • Running the parakeet doesn't seem to have made you very plump, Skipper.

    A Master of Fortune

    Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Here am I kicking you out of the command of the parakeet, to be sure.

    A Master of Fortune

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  • In a glass-fronted case, too, hung a brilliant cloak of parakeet feathers such as were worn by the Aztec nobles.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
  • And so for the present the parakeet lay to, rolling outside the entrance, flying a pilot jack, and waiting developments.

    A Master of Fortune

    Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for parakeet


any of numerous small usually brightly coloured long-tailed parrots, such as Psittacula krameri (ring-necked parakeet), of Africa
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish periquito and Old French paroquet parrot, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for parakeet

1620s, from Spanish perquito; earlier English form parroket (1580s) is from Middle French paroquet, from Old French paroquet (14c.), which is said by etymologists of French to be from Italian parrocchetto, literally "little priest," from parroco "parish priest," from Church Latin parochus (see parish), or parrucchetto, diminutive of parrucca "peruke, periwig," in reference to the head plumage.

The Spanish form, meanwhile, is sometimes said to be a diminutive of Perico, familiar form of Pedro "Peter," and the Old French word is likewise perhaps from or influenced by a diminutive of Pierre "Peter." The relations of the Spanish and Italian forms, and the influence of folk etymology on either or both, are uncertain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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