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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
  • The pirate's eyes were fixed on the parakeet, and his twitching fingers played with the steel-tipped whip.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • He smirked and made a face at the parakeet who did its best to smirk back.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • And a thin, keen dart sung shrill as a parakeet over their heads.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars Walter De La Mare
  • Except for the two men and the parakeet, the Vulture was deserted.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • Mr. parakeet was gasping slowly and gazing round in a circle.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • My dear Cleek, couldn't a parakeet be made to swallow a pearl?

    Cleek, the Master Detective Thomas W. Hanshew
  • But one day I was looking at a bird perched on my windowsill, and it fell over dead, just as your parakeet did.

    When I Grow Up Richard E. Lowe
  • 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 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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