- 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
1770–80; (< Aleut or Yupik) < dialectal Russian párka (< Komi) < Nenets
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Examples from the Web for parka
Entrance begins at a steep $20 per person, which covers the cost of gloves and a parka.Minus5 is New York’s First Ice Bar
July 24, 2013
The parka, obviously once expensive, now showed wear at the elbows and rips at the cuffs.Pop Culture and the Recession
April 30, 2012
They are gazing on with some measure of admiration as Havel speaks, wearing a parka, on the way from prison to the palace.John Avlon: Vaclav Havel's Heroic Politics of Truth and Responsibility
December 19, 2011
He had been peering inside the parka hood and suddenly he turned to me.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Pete took off his cap and parka and dropped them on a chair.Image of the Gods
Alan Edward Nourse
To-morrow I should do as 'Parka' did the day he came to Kabaira.Rdan The Devil And Other Stories
In a moment he had his parka down over his head and was out in the open air.Panther Eye
Roy J. Snell
An hour passed and the boy was thankful he had thought to bring his parka.Connie Morgan in the Fur Country
James B. Hendryx
- a warm hip-length weatherproof coat with a hood, originally worn by the Inuit
C19: from Aleutian: skin
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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.
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