[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. park range,
  2. park ridge,
  3. park savanna,
  4. park, mungo,
  5. park-and-ride,
  6. parkade,
  7. parked,
  8. parker,
  9. parker bowles,
  10. parker house roll

Origin of parka

1770–80; (< Aleut or Yupik) < dialectal Russian párka (< Komi) < Nenets Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for parka


/ (ˈpɑːkə) /


a warm hip-length weatherproof coat with a hood, originally worn by the Inuit

Word Origin for parka

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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