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[pahr-kuh] /ˈpɑr kə/
a fur coat, shirtlike and hooded, for wear in the arctic and other regions of extreme cold.
a hip-length jacket or overshirt with an attached hood, often of wool or of a windproof, water-repellent material lined or trimmed with wool, used by skiers, hunters, the military, etc.
any coat or jacket with a hood, as a hooded raincoat or windbreaker.
Origin of parka
dialectal Russian
1770-80; (< Aleut or Yupik) < dialectal Russian párka (< Komi) < Nenets Unabridged
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  • The parka is a garment made like a large hooded shirt coming to the knee.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • Pete took off his cap and parka and dropped them on a chair.

    Image of the Gods Alan Edward Nourse
  • One must resort to the parka, the native costume with the long fur boots, if he wishes to be able to resist the cold.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • An hour passed and the boy was thankful he had thought to bring his parka.

  • Her parka, the hood thrown back, was of some strange fur of palest silver.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • I had rather seen him dressed in a parka, with an axe over his shoulder.

    Through the Yukon Gold Diggings Josiah Edward Spurr
  • The hood of the parka with its fur edged face opening cannot be excelled for head and neck protection.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
British Dictionary definitions for parka


a warm hip-length weatherproof coat with a hood, originally worn by the Inuit
Word Origin
C19: from Aleutian: skin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for parka

1780, from Aleut parka, from Russian parka "a pelt or jacket made from pelt," from Samoyed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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