- 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.
Origin of parakeet
Examples from the Web for parakeet
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.Blago on the Offensive
January 28, 2009
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.
Except for the two men and the parakeet, the Vulture was deserted.
As a parakeet, he was chained by the tough silk cord that bound his bird's foot.
My dear Cleek, couldn't a parakeet be made to swallow a pearl?Cleek, the Master Detective
Thomas W. Hanshew
- any of numerous small usually brightly coloured long-tailed parrots, such as Psittacula krameri (ring-necked parakeet), of Africa
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.