Origin of parking
- the space occupied by the assembled guns, tanks, or vehicles of a military unit.
- the assemblage so formed.
- (formerly) the ammunition trains and reserve artillery of an army.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of park
Related Words for parkinglawn, square, garden, estate, plaza, place, playground, forest, maneuver, stand, meadow, woodland, esplanade, green, lot, tract, grass, grounds, parkland, seat
Examples from the Web for parking
Contemporary Examples of parking
The kid moved again, slowly across the parking lot to the garbage bin.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
Nearby, Loescher added, parking lots are a great place to see the onslaught.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
December 6, 2014
In August, an 18-year-old was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer after a car crash in a parking lot near a Walmart store.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
November 25, 2014
Then one day he saw another Pacer in the parking lot of a chicken joint.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love
November 18, 2014
Back in Jersey City, Booker is still talking in the parking lot.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
Historical Examples of parking
Parking outside the Wentworth home, he mounted the steps and rang the bell.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
Parking the car, they went in, Mr. Culver bringing the hamper of supper.The Girl Scouts at Home
Katherine Keene Galt
As they came out and started across the parking lot, a man approached them.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
They took the belt walk to the parking area and stepped off it at George's car.Mother America
"Far from it," answered Jean, seating himself and parking Droozle on his knee.Droozle
Word Origin for park
"act of putting (a vehicle) in a certain place," 1915, verbal noun from park (v.). Parking lot is from 1920; parking ticket attested by 1925. Parking brake recorded from 1929.
mid-13c., "enclosed preserve for beasts of the chase," from Old French parc "enclosed wood or heath land used as a game preserve" (12c.), probably ultimately from West Germanic *parruk "enclosed tract of land" (cf. Old English pearruc, root of paddock (n.2), Old High German pfarrih "fencing about, enclosure," German pferch "fold for sheep," Dutch park).
Internal evidence suggests the West Germanic word is pre-4c. and originally meant the fencing, not the place enclosed. Found also in Medieval Latin as parricus "enclosure, park" (8c.), which likely is the direct source of the Old French word, as well as Italian parco, Spanish parque, etc. Some claim the Medieval Latin word as the source of the West Germanic, but the reverse seems more likely. Some later senses in English represent later borrowings from French. OED discounts notion of a Celtic origin. Welsh parc, Gaelic pairc are from English.
Meaning "enclosed lot in or near a town, for public recreation" is first attested 1660s, originally in reference to London; the sense evolution is via royal parks in the original, hunting sense being overrun by the growth of London and being opened to the public. Applied to sporting fields in American English from 1867.
New York's Park Avenue as an adjective meaning "luxurious and fashionable" (1956) was preceded in the same sense by London's Park Lane (1880). As a surname, Parker "keeper of a park" is attested in English from mid-12c. As a vehicle transmission gear, park (n.) is attested from 1949.